Beef Tartines with Zucchini au Pistou

Beef Tartines

with Zucchini au Pistou

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

French tartines, or open-faced sandwiches, are a delightful meal for any time of day—and with any number of toppings. Our gourmet tartines start off with a deliciously crusty loaf of rustic bread. We’re slicing it up and layering it with a succulent, delicate cut of beef (browned on the stove in just a couple of minutes), creamy cheese and tangy capers. We’re also making a simple pistou, a Provençal green sauce similar to pesto­­, to brighten up the rich tartines and their side of sautéed zucchini.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    800 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the bread into four 1-inch-thick slices (you may have extra bread). Quarter and deseed the lemon. Cut off and discard the ends of the zucchini; quarter lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2-inch-long wedges. Peel the garlic. Cut off and discard any rind from the Fontina cheese; small dice the cheese. Roughly chop the capers.

Cook the spinach & make the pistou:
2 Cook the spinach & make the pistou:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until bright green and wilted. Transfer to a cutting board and finely chop. Transfer the chopped spinach to a medium bowl; stir in the Parmesan cheese and the juice of 2 lemon wedges. Slowly stir in enough olive oil to create a rough paste; season with salt and pepper to taste. Wipe out the pan.

Cook & dress the zucchini:
3 Cook & dress the zucchini:

In the pan used to cook the spinach, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add half the pistou; toss to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Wipe out the pan.

Make the garlic toasts:
4 Make the garlic toasts:

In the pan used to cook the zucchini, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add the bread and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until lightly browned and crispy. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan. When cool enough to handle, carefully rub the cut sides of the toasted bread with the garlic clove; discard the clove. Transfer the garlic toasts to a sheet pan.

Cook the beef:
5 Cook the beef:

Using your hands, separate the sliced beef; pat dry with paper towels. In the pan used to toast the bread, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on high until hot. Using tongs, add the beef in a single, even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned on the first side. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until browned and just cooked through. Remove from heat.

Finish the tartines & plate your dish:
6 Finish the tartines & plate your dish:

Divide the cooked beef between the garlic toasts. Evenly top with the Fontina cheese and capers. Bake 2 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven. Divide the baked tartines and dressed zucchini between 2 plates. Top the tartines with the remaining pistou. Serve with the remaining lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the bread into four 1-inch-thick slices (you may have extra bread). Quarter and deseed the lemon. Cut off and discard the ends of the zucchini; quarter lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2-inch-long wedges. Peel the garlic. Cut off and discard any rind from the Fontina cheese; small dice the cheese. Roughly chop the capers.

2 Cook the spinach & make the pistou:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until bright green and wilted. Transfer to a cutting board and finely chop. Transfer the chopped spinach to a medium bowl; stir in the Parmesan cheese and the juice of 2 lemon wedges. Slowly stir in enough olive oil to create a rough paste; season with salt and pepper to taste. Wipe out the pan.

Cook & dress the zucchini:
3 Cook & dress the zucchini:

In the pan used to cook the spinach, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add half the pistou; toss to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Wipe out the pan.

4 Make the garlic toasts:

In the pan used to cook the zucchini, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add the bread and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until lightly browned and crispy. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan. When cool enough to handle, carefully rub the cut sides of the toasted bread with the garlic clove; discard the clove. Transfer the garlic toasts to a sheet pan.

Make the garlic toasts:
5 Cook the beef:

Using your hands, separate the sliced beef; pat dry with paper towels. In the pan used to toast the bread, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on high until hot. Using tongs, add the beef in a single, even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned on the first side. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until browned and just cooked through. Remove from heat.

6 Finish the tartines & plate your dish:

Divide the cooked beef between the garlic toasts. Evenly top with the Fontina cheese and capers. Bake 2 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven. Divide the baked tartines and dressed zucchini between 2 plates. Top the tartines with the remaining pistou. Serve with the remaining lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

Finish the tartines & plate your dish:
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