This Is the Frenchiest Thing You Can Make in Five Minutes
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?