Somehow the summer is almost over and I haven't had nearly enough picnics. Living on the East Coast, it seems like we wait for summer all year and then it flies by so quickly -- there's never enough time to go to outdoor movies, the beach, eat outside at restaurants...I could go on and on. The other night, Ari and I finally decided that instead of staying in and watching Netflix, as we tend to do when we both get home from work late, tired and cranky, that we need to take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts. So we threw together a few easy items and headed down to Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of my favorites in the city with gorgeous views of Manhattan (see: here). We were out the door in less than half an hour, and it made me wonder why we haven't taken advantage of it more often. Here's to the last few weeks of summer -- hope you are enjoying as much as I am!
These sandwiches come together in minutes, and are inspired by one of my favorite French bakeries -- La Bergamote. With only a few ingredients, make sure to use great bread and ham, and don't be stingy with the butter -- that's what makes them so delicious.
We leave for a whole week in the Bay Area tonight (!), so I'll be absent next week -- but you can follow along if you wish on Instagram, where I'm sure I'll be posting tons of pictures. (Mostly of tacos. Cannot wait.) Have a great week!
Picnic Ham Sandwiches (serves 3-4)
1 baguette, cut into 5-6 inch lengths and sliced in half
2-3 tablespoons butter
2-3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1/2 pound thinly sliced ham, preferably Bayonne
6-8 cornichons, thinly sliced lengthwise
Spread butter on one side of a baguette section, and mustard on the other. Liberally layer ham, then sprinkle cornichon slices on top (3-4 per sandwich, depending on taste). Serve with additional cornichons, potato chips, and a chilled glass of rosé, preferably while sitting on a picnic blanket.