Jambon Beurre Sandwich

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Author Notes: My favorite street food when I visit Paris is by far the Jambon-Beurre. French style ham, good butter, gruyere cheese, accented by a tiny bit of dijon - all on a crusty baguette. What more could you want! This sandwich can be made quite a bit ahead of time and travels well. meganvt01

Serves 2

  • 1 French baguette
  • 1/3 pound French ham, sliced thinly
  • 2 ounces aged gruyere - thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons European butter
  1. Slice the baguette lengthwise.
  2. Spread the softened butter on one side of the baguette. Spread the mustard on the other side (should be very thin).
  3. Add the sliced ham gruyere. Top with the other slice of baguette. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. This sandwich can sit for up to a day - and even improve - in the refrigerator.
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Tags: Easy, french, ham, street food, travels well

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about 1 month ago Virginia Bacon

I bought a couple of fresh baked baguettes at the bakery on Saturday morning and made these for lunch. They were simple and delicious, and, as others have noted, brought back some great taste memories from visiting Europe. I wasn't able to find any French ham since I didn't plan ahead, but I substituted some thinly sliced Boar's Head unsmoked deli ham and it was still very yummy.

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7 months ago Maggie Magdalene

I left France in 1972 (now live in NC) and this is still my favorite sandwich.

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about 1 year ago Joseph

This sounds simple and great! When my wife and I visited Paris we would buy (I think) one of these each for sustenance on our discovery jaunts. Question: There were times we had a sandwich with corn (which I love). Is that a variation of this sandwich? Thanks

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about 1 year ago Dani

When I returned from Paris, I tried to replicate those abfab sandwiches we ate. I used Euro butter, baguettes, and Emmentaler (which was on some of the sandwiches), but they were a disappointment. Because of you, I'm going to try again. Thanks!

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about 1 year ago meganvt01

Good luck Dani! I hope they are everything you remember :)

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about 1 year ago Dani

Thx much for the good wishes. You know what they say, though... "Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin." - Barbara Kingsolver ::wry g::

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about 1 year ago Sarah

Please...Jambon Beurre is just that: Ham and butter...and the bread of course.
Never cheese. That would be a different sandwich altogether. And of course, never mustard with either.
Simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve.

Meg_b_f52

about 1 year ago meganvt01

Hmm...why even bother to leave that comment? I made a sandwich inspired by a wonderful memory. Negativity has no place on food52 in my opinion.

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almost 2 years ago fhp

J'adore jambon beurre. Like me mum used to say "Simple Mainbocher."

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almost 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

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classic!

Junechamp

almost 4 years ago ChefJune

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aaaaaah! My favorite French lunch.;)

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almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh I remember these sandwiches, they were a staple when I was in France. Lovely!

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almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

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Oh, good choice! Jambon beurre is one of the ultimate treats.

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almost 4 years ago meganvt01

thank you! I was surprised at how much my homemade version worked! And I was surprised that it was easy to get French ham at my local Whole Foods, so great!

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almost 4 years ago Midge

Agreed. Love this!

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almost 4 years ago meganvt01

There is just something about that European butter that makes it soooo special :)

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almost 4 years ago boulangere

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Oh, yes! This is the first thing I look for whenever I go to Paris. Nothing better.

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almost 4 years ago meganvt01

This challenge is going to help my budget by satisfying a food memory rather than having to travel!

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almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I hear you! I'm going to Italy and France with the daughter this summer and have this on my taste buds already.