Tartines de Campagnes -really French and really tasty 

 December 13, 2020

By  Tatiana

I often name dishes on this site but I have no idea what they are actually called in real life. And today’s sandwich is a good example of this. Take a slice of baguette, stewed onions, a slice of camembert, honey and thyme, put this in the oven and you have a beautiful and tasty sandwich!

What do I call this? Une tartine de campagne, literally translated as a ‘farmer’s sandwich.’ But why do I call it that? This is because farmers in the part of France where I come from often brought home-made bread, camembert and wine (and of course many more delicacies) to the fields. They gingerly sit somewhere, took out their little lunch box and their knife and began to make and spread their sandwich. While walking with the sheep, they all find wild vegetables, herbs and flowers, which they always took back home.

But especially the part about bread has always stayed with me. I myself am not fond of Dutch bread at all and since I have lived in Spain I eat much more bread than I did in Amsterdam. The bread here is really delicious, especially the baguettes. I prefer to roast slices of it with toppings in the oven. For example, different cheeses and vegetables, and I wanted to share that with you today!

The art of this sandwich is that you have to use baguette and cut it properly: You have to cut diagonal slices! This way you get the perfect sandwich, ready to eat!

Version 1


Count on two slices of bread per person

  • Baguette / baguette, cut into diagonal slices
  • 1 camembert, cut lengthwise
  • 4 onions in rings, stewed
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • olive oil
  • Honey
  • Thyme


First turn the oven on to 180 degrees to preheat it. Then heat a drizzle of olive oil in a deep pan and simmer your onions and garlic over a low heat, with the lid on the pan for about 30 minutes. The onions should have turned completely glassy.

Place your slices of baguette on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and put a heap of onions, a slice of Camembert, on each slice. Brush this pile with honey and sprinkle thyme over it. Slide the baking tray into the oven. Your bread is ready when the camembert has melted.

Serve with some freshly ground pepper and voilà, a delicious French starter or finger food!

Version 2


Count on two slices of bread per person

  • Baguette / baguette, cut into diagonal slices
  • Goat cheese, sliced
  • Old manchego or old cheese, sliced
  • Roquefort, crumbled
  • olive oil
  • Pul biber, or cayenne flakes


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Drizzle your baguette slices with olive oil and top with a few slices of manchego. Then the goat cheese and finally some crumbled roquefort. Let the slices bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven.

Remove the bread from the oven, sprinkle some pul biber or cayenne flakes on top and serve immediately!

The result

You have these delicious sandwiches on the table in an instant. They are also very tasty. Everyone I know loves these sandwiches.

Actually, I always make the camembert buns when I have stewed onions, which is almost always because I love onions! They are very healthy and delicious too. The trick is to let the onions cook very slowly with the lid on the pan!

And the second version actually comes from one of my favorite catering establishments ever in Murcia. I never asked or received their recipe, so I just recreated these sandwiches from the flavor I still had in mind.

These are really delicious sandwiches to serve. Your guests will lick their fingers! Simple ingredients that together become a delicious flavor combination!

Do you like sandwiches with melted cheese or other toppings? Share your secrets with me, I really love to learn new flavors! Or have you tried this recipe? I’d love to hear from you if you have any photos or comments. I share the best photos of readers on Instagram, if you are allowed to.

Tatiana Tor

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments!

Wishing you a great day, love Tatiana.

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