Tartine de Viande des Grisons #FrenchFridayswithDorie

This Tartine de Viande des Grisons is basically an open faced dried beef sandwich on buttered hearty bread with a drizzle of walnut oil and sprinkling of walnuts. Simple French fare at its finest from Dorie Greenspan.

 Tartine de Viande des Grisons | A simple, tasty open faced sandwich

Another Lovely Tartine from Dorie Greenspan

I hadn’t a clue to what comprised a tartine, or elegant French open-faced sandwich, before joining French Fridays with Dorie. This Tartine de Viande des Grisons is the fifth and final tartine recipe to make from Around My French Table. We’ve tackled the Dieter’s Tartine, Tartine Norvégienne, Tartine Saint-Germain, and Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tartine. I honestly enjoyed them all. And because of this cooking adventure, my pantry is stocked with avocado oil, rose syrup, piment de espellette and the walnut oil needed for this recipe.  So tracking down the Viande des Grisons, an air dried beef from Switzerland, was my only challenge. But one call to a local specialty market and I found its Italian cousin, bresaola.

 Tartine de Viande des Grisons | A simple, tasty open faced sandwich

A Perfect Lunch with a Simple Green Salad

These open faced beauties should actually be cut in strips for easy eating (especially the chewing part), so do as I say and not as I do if you’d like to give these a whirl. Slice some country bread, lightly toast, then butter the bread before topping with your dried beef. If you’re unable to locate one of these European meats, feel free to use any dried beef or even prosciutto or another dried ham. A drizzle with olive or walnut oil plus a few nuts create the finishing touch. One bite will transport you to the French Alps, where you could be noshing on this très élégant sandwich after a morning of on the slopes. Bon appetit!

 Tartine de Viande des Grisons | A simple, tasty open faced sandwich

This “needs no recipe” recipe can be viewed on Google Books.

FYI: I’m in Denver with my 3 sisters and my dad’s cousin, Rosemary, for a pre-holiday visit with my parents. I have a feeling we’ll go out for sushi, my dad’s favorite. You all know that wouldn’t fly with MY family! I’ll check in with all my FFwD friends when I’m back.

French Fridays with Dorie


  1. I love everything with a French name! I have no clue what Tartine de Viande des Grisons means, but I want it! 🙂 Thanks to your pictures, I can sort of figure out what it is. 🙂

  2. Have a wonderful time with your family, Liz! I was able to track bresaola’s pork counterpart, coppa or capital, for my tartine. So easy and delicious!

  3. Looks good Liz!

  4. Have a great pre-holiday visit with your family and enjoy your sushi! 🙂 Your tartine looks lovely and I’m glad you enjoyed it! We did, too, and I totally agree about making sure to slice it first.

  5. Enjoy your pre-holiday get-together! Your tartine looks terrific.

  6. that tartine looks divine and something i have never tried before to that extent. What a wonderful spread for a get together.

  7. Liz! Simple French fare at its finest, indeed!!! This is my kind of open faced sandwich!! complete with that glass of wine . . love this!! just transports you to Paris! 🙂

  8. Ooh la la! Lovely dish indeed! This is certainly holiday and company worthy Liz! Thank you for another great idea!

  9. This is very new to me but I am willing to give it a try. Have fun!

  10. I saw one of the happy family snaps on Facebook and grinned from ear to ear. 🙂

    I love Dorie’s tartines and this is no exception.

  11. Lizzy,
    That’s a really fancy name for a delicious looking sandwich. Have fun with your family.

  12. Très elegante indeed, Liz! Love that your father is a sushi fan… A man of obvious good taste =)

  13. I now know what I am going to have for the lunch tomorrow! Your open sandwich looks awesome, Liz.
    Have a great time with your family!

  14. A simple yet full of flavor open-faced sandwich. The fresh salad is the perfect accompaniment for it.

  15. Mary Hirsch says:

    Liz, I have been seeing all your sushi photos and would like to know WHERE in Denver are you finding such amazing sushi. Please ask Maddy to send me her list. Your Dad must be in heaven with all you women catering to his every wish and need. How wonderful. For some crazy reason I also thought this tartine was très élégant. That’s why I pulled out that pricey bottle of wine to drink with it. The French Alps or the Rocky Mountains, both aren’t too tacky. Your plate is beautiful.

  16. Have a great visit with your family! This tartine would make a wonderfully tasty lunch on a cold winter day!

  17. Have a wonderful visit with your family (the photos so far show that you’ve been doing just that!). I love how you styled this dish. Serving it with salad is a great idea, too.

  18. Have a great family visit and I’ll just feast on this tartines in the meantime! Looks delicious!

  19. You get the best pictures award..you even made beef look appetizing to me. Glad you are getting family time.

  20. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Liz, hope you are having a wonderful time with your family!!!
    Your tartine aux bresaola looks amazing – perfectly presented with the wonderful side salad and topped with those gorgeous, plump fresh walnut halves!
    Have a great weekend,

  21. We are just thinking about lunch to take with us for a hike and this sandwich really does look tempting! Happy weekend!

  22. It sounds and looks delicious. Wish I had it for lunch today!

  23. Wow, Liz! This really looks like a French Cafe treat! So beautiful.

    I finally switched to WordPress – thanks for your advice!

  24. You did well to track down a Swiss cousin. I have never heard of that meat and being so far from Switzerland, doubt it would be available here – but we do have lots of Italian cousins so I would have gone with the bresaola too. I do like open sandwiches but they are more challenging to eat xx

  25. Beautiful presentation Liz, you make everything look so gorgeous. Enjoy your time in
    Denver with your family.

  26. Enjoy the time with your family, Liz! I also used cousin bresaola. It was delicious, though, as you said, a little chewy. I like your tip to channel being in the French Alps while enjoying this tartine.

  27. I hope you are having a great trip. That meal looks fabulous. I also must check out the one with goat cheese, everything tastes better with goat cheese. I did a make-up instead speculoos.

  28. Looks like you are having a great time in Colorado, that sushi you posted on Facebook looked amazing. And yes, you defintely need to cut these into strips and have the beef cut very, very thin.

  29. Your tartine looks wonderful. It looks like you have used a bead roll – I nearly did the same as it is a perfect size for one, but I ended up buying a whole loaf of bread.

  30. Love your sandwich Liz, I am a fan of the viande grisons et magret de canard! Your tartine is perfect for a lunch. So chic!

  31. Pure.

  32. Your tartine looks delectable, Liz! Hope you are having a marvelous time with your family!

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