One of my favorite things to have in France is also one of the simplest: a crusty baguette with salted butter, ham and cheese.
No frills, just quality ingredients, each of which you can really taste individually.
I guess it also reminds me of the brown bag lunches my mom used to send me to school with- these triple-decker sandwiches filled to the brim with cheese, ham or turkey, and a bit of mustard.
The only difference being that now, as an adult, I like a lot of mustard.
This teasing mild late summer weather will be gone before we know it, so enjoy the sun, a sandwich, and a picnic, even if it just means taking your lunch outside.
Ham and cheese sandwiches
- French baguette or another crusty white bread
- Gruyere cheese
- Bayonne ham
- wholegrain mustard
- salted butter (Vermont Creamery makes a wonderful variety in the US)
1. Even a simple thing like a sandwich can be improved upon.
Use a crusty bread that gives you a nice bite and a good base for your sandwich.
2. Cut lengthwise and top with butter. Slice the cheese and ham as thinly as you can (or get that done at the cheese and meat counters).
3. Layer cheese, mustard and ham between slices of buttered bread.