French Ham and Cheese Sandwich


A mixture of chopped cornichons, butter, Dijon mustard, and fresh tarragon gives this ham and cheese sandwich a French twist.

Side View of French Ham and Cheese Sandwich, with Layers of Ham, Gruyère Cheese, and a cornichons, butter, Dijon mustard, and tarragon spread
Photo: Danny Kim
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
4 serves

What makes this ham and cheese sandwich particularly French? Well, the baguette, for starters. Then there's the type of mustard and cheese used: Dijon and Gruyere. And finally, adding butter to the mixture of cornichons and mustard is a very French move. Generally, the butter is meant to keep the sandwich from getting soggy.

For a slightly more decadent (but still French) take on the ham and cheese sandwich, try making an open-faced Croque Monsieur.


  • cup finely chopped cornichons

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon

  • black pepper

  • 8 ounces sliced deli ham

  • 4 ounces Comté or Gruyère, sliced

  • 1 large baguette, split


  1. Combine the cornichons, butter, mustard, tarragon, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.

  2. Spread the pickle mixture on the baguette. Top with the ham and cheese. Cut into 4 sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

547 Calories
24g Fat
54g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 547
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 1711mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 28g
Calcium 333mg 26%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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