These roasted eggplant tartines were inspired by our recent travels through Paris. My husband and I took four months to travel through Europe and we dedicated an entire month of our trip to Paris. Even though each European city we visited had its own charm, Paris easily won our hearts as our favorite destination.
We had a wonderful view of the Eiffel tower, ate the most amazing food, and spent hours in all of the verdant parks and open spaces strewn throughout the city. Thanks to a recommendation from Ina Garten we wandered into the most delightful cafe in the 7th arrondissement, Polaine. After an initial detour through the bakery, where [with broken French] we ordered several croissants and pain au chocolat…yes, several…for just two people…we made our way to the quaint cafe next door and were greeted by the friendliest Parisians we had met. We settled in and ordered tartines and a delicious tarte tartin. The tartines came out first. Crispy, perfectly baked bread, topped with wonderfully melty cheese and an assortment of roasted vegetables. I had been keeping a list of recipe ideas throughout our trip and that first bite instantly landed roasted vegetables tartines on my list.
I finally carved out time to dream up my own version with roasted eggplant, muenster cheese, speckled with sunflower seeds, and perfectly balanced with a drizzle of honey. I hope you enjoy this delicious taste of Paris and do let me know if you try it out in the comments below! Bon appetit!