Daniel and I spent a few days in Paris on our honeymoon. He enjoyed many a ham & cheese on baguette while I opted for cheese only on mine. I regret that decision a bit now, but hopefully I’ll get a do-over. If I remember correctly, these were the first things we ate after arriving there hungry, jet-lagged, but very happy. Anyway, a local Houston bakery called Common Bond, recently introduced this grab and go option that changed my tune on a cold ham and cheese sandwich. Of course, I started making them at home, so we can have them more often at lunch. The dijon butter is what seals the deal on this guy. If you eat one of the these on an airplane, next to a hungry stranger… just don’t get up to go to the bathroom.
1 tbsp dijon mustard (I like the added texture of the grainy kind)
2 tbsp softened butter
1 baguette (or 2 demi baguettes)
4 slices thinly sliced ham (Neiman Ranch makes a really good one)
2 thin slices of swiss or provolone (something mild)
Cut your baguette in half. If you want to toast the bread, I suggest doing so in a dry grill pan. Then letting it cool while you prep the other ingredients. Good news is this will only take 2 minutes. Once your butter is softened (microwave for 10 seconds can speed up this process) mix it well with your mustard. Slather one or both sides of your bread with this mixture. Then pile on your ham and cheese, slice in half and voila. Potato chips on the side doesn’t hurt.