This Is the Frenchiest Thing You Can Make in Five Minutes

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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.

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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.

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?

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