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Jambon Beurre Sandwich

June  7, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 2
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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Recipe by: meganvt01


18 Reviews

Virginia M. February 16, 2015
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.
Maggie M. September 11, 2014
I left France in 1972 (now live in NC) and this is still my favorite sandwich.
Joseph February 12, 2014
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
Dani February 11, 2014
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!
meganvt01 February 11, 2014
Good luck Dani! I hope they are everything you remember :)
Dani February 15, 2014
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::
Sarah February 10, 2014
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.
meganvt01 February 10, 2014
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.
fhp June 12, 2013
J'adore jambon beurre. Like me mum used to say "Simple Mainbocher."
sexyLAMBCHOPx June 11, 2013
ChefJune June 21, 2011
aaaaaah! My favorite French lunch.;)
fiveandspice June 7, 2011
Oh, good choice! Jambon beurre is one of the ultimate treats.
meganvt01 June 7, 2011
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!
Midge June 7, 2011
Agreed. Love this!
meganvt01 June 7, 2011
There is just something about that European butter that makes it soooo special :)
boulangere June 7, 2011
Oh, yes! This is the first thing I look for whenever I go to Paris. Nothing better.
meganvt01 June 7, 2011
This challenge is going to help my budget by satisfying a food memory rather than having to travel!
boulangere June 7, 2011
I hear you! I'm going to Italy and France with the daughter this summer and have this on my taste buds already.