Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tartine

Today’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, like last week’s Pistachio Avocado, was simple with minimal ingredients. Toasted baguette slices were smeared with tangy chèvre, or goat cheese, then topped with luscious, ripe strawberries, a grinding of fresh pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar. A Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tartine is a perfect nibble for that June dinner party. Or for someone like me, who’s ready to eat dinner at 5 PM despite our 6:30 dinner reservations.

I had never heard the word “tartine” till I joined the French Fridays with Dorie group. A tartine is a French open faced sandwich topped with a rich spread…like this goat cheese or the Nutella which we previously featured. Dorie likes hers with a chilled glass of white wine…and who’s to argue with the expert! The bread can vary as can the fruit…fresh or dried…cherries or figs…depending on the season. These were scrumptious. And here’s a shocker…even picky ol’ Bill wanted to try a Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tartine after spying a platter of them in the fridge. I’m slowly wearing him down…as there was a time he wouldn’t touch goat cheese. I’m celebrating the wee victories…

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tartine

  • Baguette slices (about 1/3 inch thick)
  • Goat cheese
  • Ripe strawberries (sliced or cut in half)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Aged balsamic vinegar
  1. Toast baguette slices. Cool, then spread with goat cheese and top with berries. Sprinkle with pepper and balsamic vinegar.

Yield: Servings depend on number of baguette slices

    Total time: 15 minutes


      1. I love these, especially the drizzle of aged balsamic!

      2. Looks amazing! Love the idea of goat cheese and strawberries. Pinning!

      3. I have not tried goats cheese! These look wonderful with the fresh strawberries, lovely! A chilled glass of white wine, sounds good to me!

      4. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says:

        These look incredible! My mouth is watering from these photos!

      5. What a good idea for a gathering:) It happens that tonight I will have some guests and this sounds easy and delicious.

      6. I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to the idea of mixing sweet with savory. I think I need to get more accustomed to it.

      7. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

        They look beautiful! I still haven’t tried goat cheese, it’s one of the things on my ‘foodie to do’ list:@)

      8. Bill wanted to try them? #Win !

      9. Weren’t these just delicious? Loved these too – yours look fabulous! Happy that they were such a hit.

      10. Bill is shocking you a little lately… I would LOVE to make these tartines when strawberries are sweet again. The fall ones sold now were too tangy to be of any help.

      11. This felt like deja vu all over again. 🙂 You’ve seen the Strawberry and Ricotta Bruschetta in Fine Cooking, I’m sure, being that you’re a partner in fandom of the magazine. I like the idea of using goat cheese (or chèvre) over ricotta though. I guess I need to go pick more strawberries.

      12. These look wonderful Liz! Love the sound of strawberries with goat cheese. These would definitely be great for a party without taking too much time for preparation. Excellent idea 🙂

      13. claudia lamascolo says:

        I have tried these with fig and date with a honey drizzle but strawberry sounds divine. I know I would adore these and they look much nicer with such beautiful color!!!! Cant wait to try I just love goat cheese!

      14. Way too easy to be this good, right?

      15. easyfoodsmith says:

        Yum! How delicious is that!

      16. Yum! How delicious is that! Love such simple and delicious recipes.

      17. Goat cheese, strawberries and balsamic? Does it get any better?

      18. Perfect little finger foods to have at a gathering.. The combination of the goat cheese and the strawberries must be delicious!!! Looks lovely too and very easy to make..

      19. This is so elegant! And the perfect bite, I bet–sweet, tangy, creamy, and a wee bit spicy. PERFECT for the summer!

      20. What a coinsidence,
        i serve this kind of tarine too last week..
        i springkled some szechuan peppercorn salt over the strawberry,,
        it’s turned out nice bite

      21. What is it with skinny chicks I always ready to eat dinner at 5 too. I usually have 2 dinners while I wait for that 7pm reservation that spouse prefers.

      22. Donalyn says:

        Goat cheese and strawberries are an amazing combo – this looks so good!

      23. Simple, beautiful, fabulous! I could make a meal on these, no problem!

      24. So pretty and elegant! I know I’m wearing my Bill down…slowly but surely! He would have eaten this one…however, he wasn’t home when I made them. Have a great weekend, Lizzy!

      25. So pretty and elegant! I know I’m wearing my Bill down…slowly but surely! He would have eaten this one…however, he wasn’t home when I made them. Have a great weekend, Lizzy!

      26. Your photos are simply stunning 😀


      27. Delicious bites of freshness!!!!

      28. Sweetness of strawberry and a little saltiness of goat cheese. . . yummy combination. Have a good weekend, Liz! 🙂

      29. You’ve been on a roll 🙂
        Beautifully done

      30. Wee victories lead to great love affairs. I think you are well on your way to getting picky Bill to love goat cheese. 🙂

      31. I loved these as a simple, sweet, and juicy appetizer!

      32. Your appetizer in one hand, a wine in the other and strolling barefoot through a lush summer garden as the dragonflies dance about. Now that is perfection. Yes. That is what your photos and description inspired, Liz =)

      33. I love your elegant little slices – the baguette I bought was more like an overgrown ciabatta loaf. Still delicious, but slightly less elegant. Glad that you’re wearing Bill down – you’ll make a Dorista out of him, yet.

      34. congrats on making your husband accept goat cheese!!! i have yet to make mine accept couscous, but that’s another story.

      35. Love these!! So simple, elegant and full of flavor. And yes! to the chilled glass of white wine!

      36. Love these!! So simple, elegant and full of flavor. And yes! to the chilled glass of white wine!

      37. Hotly Spiced says:

        I think the French would drink to any dish that’s put in front of them but unlike the Aussies, they drink in moderation. I love how simple this is and I’ve had strawberries with balsamic before and really enjoyed the combination xx

      38. I love the simplicity of this! Best of all, I have all of the ingredients on hand!

      39. I was just thinking of balsamic strawberries!

      40. Gorgeous tartine, Liz. So fresh and summery.

      41. Lizzy , love this simple and easy to make yummy slices !

      42. You had me at goat cheese because I LOVE it. Matter of fact, there’s a great big hunk of it in my fridge now just waiting to be used for something… 🙂

      43. Guess what, Liz? I’m seeing your last post was 5 mths ago in the blogger reading list :< Looks like we both have the same problem, which probably leads to why I'm less frequent to your blog these days :< Will try my best to chk out your posts more often & maybe manually instead of relying on my reading list……
        Another wonderful mix of ingredients & colours! Enjoy your weekend, dear!

      44. Oh dear, did my last comment go thru after typing so much??

      45. There’s nothing more satisfying than wearing our husbands down, is there? Your photos are very pretty and inviting!

      46. These look amazing Lizzy I love your strawberries look fantastic , here now only I find frozen:(
        we are almost in winter!

      47. Hurrah for wee victories. My husband liked them, but was a little thrown by the idea of strawberries on bread. But that’s not stopping me from making them again tomorrow.

      48. Strawberries on bread….hmmm, why not? We eat strawberry preserves on bread after all.

      49. Wonderful combination, could not believe that I would enjoy fruit and balsamic. Your platter
        looks so inviting. Have a great weekend.

      50. Gorgeous photos and so fun to know your hubby tried these- he picked a great one to test unusual combos since this one really delivered. But you really had to have faith to think the pepper, vinegar, strawberry combo would work 🙂 We adored these and I look forward to more soon.

      51. Strawberries with balsamic vinegar sounds interesting. Along with the rest of the ingredients here they sound even better.

      52. Cakelaw says:

        Yay – you’ve gotten hubby to try something new. I loved this one too.

      53. Kinda like my celebrating the Peaks, just remember to cheer loudly the wee Victories. And, Liz, don’t get cocky because Bill is Bill is Bill (and, that’s good). Your lovely long oblong platter makes for such a beautiful presentation of whatever recipe you put on it. Always a nice photo. This was a recipe all we Doristas could circle around – easy, simple, even good for a 5pm snack! I’m still shaking my head over this being a small world. My girls and I loved Ames – I was going to grad school, teaching at the J-School and working 2-days-a-week in DM for “The Iowan”. My girls had the the run of Campus Town and I never worried for one minute about their safety. Great public schools. We Iowans are proud of that. See you all in Aspen.

      54. Liz, beautiful and elegantl presentation of your tartines with those wondefully ripe strawberries – nice to read that your husband has taken to liking goat cheese – I guess I am spoiled that way because my taste testers are rather happy goat cheese eaters. This was a wonderful easy little recipe and I am happy to read that we all seemed to have agreed on this!
        Have a lovely Monday – sorry, I am running so late wth comments we had burst water pipes over the weekend and they are still trying to fix things now…

      55. Wow! I’m impressed that Bill wanted to try. You didn’t say, but I hope he liked this one. Howard had no interest, so you’re making more progress than I am.

      56. Wow.. so simple.. yet punched with flavor. Love this. 🙂

      57. Lol! I’m not the only to eat before heading out to a restaurant ?!? 🙂
        Looks amazing!

      58. theres something about dinner reservations that get me starving about an hour before them… dunno if its the anticipation or what…. LOL 🙂


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