In addition to tucking into some macarons, my prerogative on Bastille Day is to watch Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, drink rosé, and make this five-minute dinner. The simplicity of this recipe reminds me why we get all fussy about French food in the first place — and it has really good cheese.
If you hadn't guessed, it's a ham and cheese baguette! Done up just like they do at the little cafes I've visited in Paris.
Get the Recipe: A Very French Ham and Cheese Baguette
While Bastille Day might have a different significance for you depending on your relationship with the country, for me, it's always a reminder to do my Alice Waters gut-check when it come to food: Where can I find beauty and pleasure in simplicity, in good ingredients, and in thoughtful preparation?
Sometimes, all it takes is a sandwich like this one — stuffed with thinly sliced ham, really good Gruyère, and cornichons — to remind me of that. Well, that and a glass of crisp rosé.
Do you cook something special on Bastille Day?