French Ham Sandwich (Jambon-Beurre)
This French Ham Sandwich is the easiest sandwich you will ever make!
As in, I’m even a little embarrassed to call it a “recipe”. ?
But then again, every time I take a bite of one of these amazing sandwiches, my heart tells me: it’s so delicious that it gotta make it to the blog. So here it is!
All you will need to make these French Ham Sandwiches – or Jambon-Beurre, as they are called in French – is a baguette, good quality ham and European-style butter. Oh, and I added Gruyère cheese! Because, ya know, cheese is life and all! ? (I’m perfectly aware that some purists would crucify me if they could! If you’re one of them, please don’t. I’m just a cheese-loving girl who adds cheese to everything she can! ?)
I was also really tempted to add a smudge of Dijon mustard, but gave up, thinking it was best to keep it as close as possible to the real deal. If you’re a rebel, add the mustard. Or mayo. Or whatever you like, really! It is your sandwich after all!
As I’m sure you have noticed, I’m kinda having a “easy and simple” phase.
I mean, can you blame me? It’s 10 degrees outside. Also, we are apparently getting another blizzard (called Olympia) tomorrow. Seriously, who can get out of bed and do something productive when the winter gods are sending their fury upon us?
Definitely not me!
If you are one of those
aliens people, please tell me the secrets. I feel like I’m failing at adulthood! Every morning, during winter, I wake up and think: “Oh God. I can’t adult today! Please don’t make me adult today!”
I blame my grandmother. When I was little she would tell me to skip school if it was raining. So it was only natural that I would grow up to be an adult that associates bad weather with being inside all day, under the covers, watching Netflix. And eating French ham sandwiches that take less than 5 minutes to make!
Since this is a recipe blog, I’ve included a recipe at the end of this post. Feel free to read it more as a formula than a recipe and adjust according to taste.
One thing I’ll say, though. This sandwich is really simple to make and completely relies on the quality of the ingredients. So make sure you buy a good baguette, excellent ham and a good brand of butter.
I sometimes bake my own baguette, but I understand that might defeat the purpose of an easy sandwich.
As for the ham, I use Oscar Mayer Selects Natural Applewood Smoked Ham because not only it tastes delicious but it has no artificial ingredients and is minimally processed.
Too good to be true? Not with Oscar Mayer Selects Natural. These peeps make the kind of stuff that you can trust and feed to your family. They also make amazing slow roasted turkey, applewood smoker turkey, rotisserie seasoned chicken and slow roasted roast beef. Sandwich making becomes even easier when you have such good ingredients available!
If you’ve never had European-style butter before, you might be thinking I’m silly to even suggest you use something other than what you already have at home. However, European butter is so much better than American butter. It is saltier, more flavorful and it has more fat. I use it whenever I want the butter to shine, like in this sandwich! (The name does include the word “beurre” – which means butter – after all!)
In short, this French Ham Sandwich is simplicity at its best. The sweet and creamy butter complements the salty ham perfectly. Add a crunchy baguette and I’m literally in heaven! ??
- 1 French baguette, sliced lenghtwise
- 4 tablespoons European-style butter, at room temperature
- 6 ounces (about 12 slices) Oscar Mayer Selects Natural Applewood Smoked Ham
- 3 ounces Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced (optional)
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