The Five-Ingredient Sandwich: Goat Cheese Tartine

Goat Cheese Tartine | Big Girls, Small Kitchen

Welcome to my new monthly series: the five-ingredient sandwich. Coming up, you’ll find delicious but really simple sandwiches with just five ingredients in the filling, or sometimes fewer, in surprising and delightful combinations.

Sandwiches exemplify exactly what we’re trying to do here: make cooking at home no big deal. A sandwich lets even a busy/busy/busy quarter-lifer with a million things she has to do (or thinks she has to do) skip takeout and freezer meals and eat something wholesome and useful instead. Because we’re not talking about mediocre, unoriginal sandwiches here. We’re going to feature sandwiches so good they easily feel like a gourmet meal–not a meal of last resort, like cereal or beans from the can. Case in point: the egg sandwich.

The first sandwich only has three ingredients in its filling: goat cheese, honey, and thyme. And, rather than an official two-bread sandwich, this offering is open-faced, so I’m calling your newest breakfast, lunch, AND dinner a tartine.

Some of the sandwiches will be my creations, but this one comes to us from Carly Diaz, a photographer who lives out in Portland, OR. You’re seen Carly’s beautiful photos on the site before (here, here, and here), and I’m so glad she’s sharing her sandwich here today.

Here’s what Carly says:

This recipe reminds me of my years living in Amsterdam, where you can find this simple sandwich in many of the cafés. The combination of sweet honey and creamy goat cheese makes it a satisfying midday meal and I quickly found myself recreating it at home and, eventually, bringing it back with me to Portland. I switch out fluffy Dutch rolls for thick, hearty slices of wheat and slather a layer of butter to melt into the freshly toasted bread if I’m feeling decadent. One bite, and I’m transported back to the city of canals and bicycles.

Have a sandwich you love? Tell me in the comments and I’ll try it as soon as I can.


Goat Cheese Tartine with Honey & Thyme
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Serves: 1
  • 2 slices hearty wheat bread
  • 3 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1½ tablespoons honey
  1. Cut two slices of hearty bread and lightly toast. Once cooled, spread a thick layer of goat cheese on each slice. Sprinkle each side with fresh thyme and drizzle with honey.
  • caitlin


  • BabyJune

    I love this idea! Looking forward to all of your sandwich creations. And this sandwich sounds so delicious, I love anything with goat cheese. :)

  • Jess Gonzalez

    Ooooh well I believe I’ve just found my new favorite lunch!

    • BGSK

      You and me both!

  • Lindsay Amabile

    This looks amazing. Anything with goat cheese and honey and I’m sold!

  • Bernadette

    I love goat cheese with honey–good on a sesame bagel for breakfast. One of my favorite sandwiches is grilled cheese with hot pepper/jalapeno jelly. Cheddar is the best cheese for this combination with whole wheat bread.

    • BGSK

      Can’t wait to try grilled cheese with hot pepper jelly!

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