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In France, the Jambon-Beurre Sandwich is the epitome of simplicity and wildly popular, with over 3 million sold each day. Quality ingredients are a must when assembling this French sandwich as there are only three: a long, crusty baguette, lightly salted European style butter and thinly sliced ham, ideally Jambon de Paris.

Brown paper parchment wrapped Jambon Beurre sandwich on a wooden board.

Once you’ve procured your ingredients, you’ll be just 5 minutes away from enjoying a Parisian bistro worthy lunch.

Ingredients You Need to Make Jambon Beurre

Jambon Beurre Sandwich Ingredients on a white marble board.
  • Baguette: ~26-inches long French baguette or 2 shorter baguettes.
  • Butter: Salted European style butter – if you use unsalted butter, add a sprinkle of salt, Fleur de Sel if you have it on hand.
  • Ham: Thinly sliced, unsmoked ham of excellent quality, ideally Jambon de Paris.

FAQ

Who invented Jambon-Beurre?

French for “ham butter”, the origins of this classic sandwich can be traced back to 19th century France where it began as a portable and nutritious meal for the working class.

How do you prepare a jambon-béurre?

Slice a long, fresh baguette in half crosswise and again lengthwise (leaving a hinge if you like), slather it with soft butter and layer on thin slices of ham. Lunch time!

What is Jambon de Paris? Is there a substitute?

Jambon de Paris (Parisian ham / French style ham) is a traditional wet-cured ham, used in Paris for making Jambon-beurre, Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame (same sandwich with a fried egg). It has a tender texture, is subtly spiced (typically coriander, cloves, juniper and a bouquet garni), unsmoked and is less salty than many hams. Your local butcher or deli counter likely carries it or has something similar. 

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Jambon-Beurre Sandwich

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Calories: 577
Servings: 4 people
The iconic, simple sandwich that you'll find at bistros all over Paris.

Ingredients  

  • 1 French baguette ~26-inches long
  • 8 tablespoons European style butter or more at room temperature
  • 12 ounces best quality thinly sliced ham ideally Jambon de Paris

Instructions 

  • Cut baguette crosswise into 4 equal lengths and then halve lengthwise, leaving one edge uncut to create a hinge if you like. Slather the cut sides of both top and bottom of each with 2 tablespoons or more of the softened butter. Divide ham slices equally, gently layering them into the center of each sandwich, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1593mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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15 Comments

  1. Katherine | Love In My Oven says:

    5 stars
    This sandwich looks terrific! Love a classic, Marissa! I could eat this every day for lunch!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      It’s so good, Katherine! Pure comfort food.

  2. Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

    5 stars
    While I sometimes love some complex flavour combinations, there’s nothing better than simplicity, and this recipe 100% proves this. This definitely looks utterly delicious, and I won’t mind one right now, maybe with some apple cider 🙂

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thanks so much, Ben! I agree completely.

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    5 stars
    3 million sandwiches sold each day!? That’s quite the resume for this sandwich! I do love street food, and this sounds like it’s right up my alley. Simple, yet delicious sandwich that lets the bread, meat and butter flavors shine through. I’m craving this for lunch now, Marissa!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I wish I could make one for you, David!

  4. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    A simple, classic sandwich that’s sure not to disappoint! Delicious!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thank you, Mary Ann!

  5. angiesrecipes says:

    So simple, yet so tasty…I would love to have one now!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Yes! Thanks so much, Angie.