Alongside pain au chocolate, one of the most memorable things I had in Paris was the simple jambon-beurre sandwich. As is a common theme for my travels with my cousin, we fall in love with something and tend to stick to it while also trying as many things as possible. We had this sandwich almost every day in Paris. I will say, at first it sounded a little weird (butter on ham?), but I learned very quickly not to doubt the French when it comes to food!
1 ficelle* or baguette
1/2 pound boiled ham
1/2 stick salted butter, at room temperature
Slice the ficelle or baguette horizontally and lay both sides crust-side down. Spread a thin layer of butter on both sides of the bread. Fold each slice of ham into thirds so that it fits the width of the bread and line the base of the ficelle or baguette with it. Top with the buttered lid, cut into 2–4 pieces, and serve. Use toothpicks to hold together if needed.
If you want to serve this as an appetizer or alongside a variety of sandwiches, cut into smaller pieces. I served this at a tea party and cut it into about 8 pieces per ficelle.
*Ficelle looks like a skinnier version of French bread. If you can't find it, a baguette will work great too.