Although a tartine is an open-faced French sandwich, this tartine recipe employs taleggio, a gooey Italian cheese. Taleggio smells stronger than it tastes and pairs well with fruit and bitter greens — in this case grapes and watercress. A quick vinaigrette combines grainy mustard with sherry vinegar and agave syrup. Don't skip the step that steeps the red onion in the vinaigrette because it gives the onion a slightly pickled flavor. To look at the recipe, read more
A rich semisoft cow's milk cheese that comes from Italy's Lombardy region (northern middle Italy: Milan is in Lombardy). Depending on its age, the taste can vary from mild to pungent. A young taleggio is pale yellow and an older taleggio is a deep yellow with a runny texture. It's sold in both flat blocks and cylindrical shapes covered in wax or a thin mold.