This “le sandwich” was inspired by what we had when in the City of Light. We put our spin on it of course. It is very hard to find country ham in this country. What’s the next best thing? Prosciutto Di Parma is, for sure. There’s not much to this sandwich but it’s very good. Parisian sandwiches are fairly simple: bread (une baguette), ham (du jambon), good butter (du beurre), and cheese (du fromage). Our twist on it is that we used Italian meat and cheese. We used Prosciutto Di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano. We also used some good European style cultured butter (Organic Valley, Plugar, or Vermont Creamery is good if you can’t make your own). I prefer to use homemade cultured butter when I have the time (homemade cultured butter recipe here!).
If you find yourself in Paris, please please please take the time to have a picnic, you won’t regret it. The city offers many charming parks. I recommend Luxembourg Gardens. There is plenty of green spaces and benches. You can watch the kids push sailboats in the pond or you can watch an intense tennis match or just enjoy some people watching. Whether you pick up a pre-made sandwich at somewhere like Eric Kayser or make your own from what you bought at the Raspail Market that day, it makes for great picnic food in a Parisian park.
- 1 French Baguette
- ½ stick European style unsalted butter, room temperature
- 6oz Proscuitto Di Parma, sliced thin
- 2-3oz Parmigiano Reggiano shaved
- Slice baguette in half lengthwise. Butter both sides generously. Next add 3oz of the proscuitto, then add the shaved parmigiano and top with the remaining Proscuitto. Feel free to add more or less of the ingredients. I mean it is a sandwich. Do what you like. I recommend you make it the night before. Wrap it up and let it sit out so that flavors have a chance to permeate throughout the sandwich. Bon appetit!