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Ham, Gruyere, and Asparagus Tartine

Yes.  I’ve basically made you a ham sandwich.  But it’s a fancy French one!




I actually made this some time ago and held onto it because I thought it might be stupid to post a ham sandwich – even if it is a fancy French one.  But variety is good, right?  And sometimes it’s refreshing to get back to basics or class up and modernize an old favorite.




This was inspired  by a place in Charlotte called Amelie’s French Bakery.  I think they are actually a chain with some other locations.  They have several types of tartines on the menu and the ham and gruyere is by far my favorite.




I totally had an insane craving for a tartine and wanted to go to Amelie’s.  What a bummer that we were snowed in and working from home.  By Charlotte standards that means 2 snowflakes. Fortunately,  like everyone else around here we stocked up at the grocery in anticipation of another snowpocalypse, so I was able to improvise and throw together a copycat.  I added roasted asparagus and topped it with arugula for a little sumpin’ sumpin’ extra.




If you happen to live near Amelie’s French Bakery, I recommend you rush over there and try a tartine.  If not, just whip one up at home and enjoy the spring weather with no more snow!

Inspired by Amelie’s French Bakery

Note: Measurements are not exact because the intent is to be free-handed to make the tartines according to personal preference.  Adapt to what makes you happy.

Ham, Gruyere, and Asparagus Tartine


  • 15 - 18 asparagus spears
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 loaf of french bread
  • 1/2 pound deli ham, shaved
  • 1.5 cups gruyere, shredded
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2-4 tablespoons Dijon, amount depends on preference
  • 2-4 tablespoons mayonaise, amount depends on preference


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Toss asparagus with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste on a baking sheet
  3. Roast asparagus 5-6 minutes, depending on size (you don't want it completely soft because it will be broiled in the tartine), set aside
  4. Mix equal amounts of mayo and Dijon together
  5. Cut bread into thirds and slice pieces in half lengthwise
  6. Increase oven to broil, place bread pieces on baking sheet and broil 2 minutes
  7. Spread mayo/Dijon mixture on bread
  8. Put 2-3 asparagus spears on each piece of bread, top with a few pieces of ham and a bit of shredded cheese
  9. Broil tartines 8-10 minutes
  10. Toss some arugula on top of each
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28 Responses to Ham, Gruyere, and Asparagus Tartine

    • Thanks Gayle! I had to step it up a bit from a ham and Swiss white bread sandwich! 🙂

  1. OMG I am in love with this sandwich! Just now me & my husband were craving cuban sandwich with ham, bacon and cheese. Now I am really craving a good sandwich and your version is just too good!! Pinned!

  2. Looks so good!!! I’ve always made a similar one, but without asparagus, definitely trying this recipe! Pinned!

    • Thanks for the Pin, Mira! With or without asparagus – who doesn’t love a good ham and cheese?!?!

  3. This is so pretty, I am not sure you can call it a sandwich. It needs a fancy-pants type of name! I totally agree, that going back to basics is always a great idea… and totally worth sharing! Loving this sammie! Cheers!

    • Thanks Savita! Amelie’s is fantastic! Girl, you should see the desserts! Speaking of drool….

  4. French food is my favorite! In part, probably, because my dad is off the boat from France 😀 It’s such simple food that is so, so flavorful. I love little tartines and this one sounds sooooo yummy! Gruyere is just the best!

    • Your dad is from France? How cool is that?! Do you think he will adopt me and teach me some French cooking?

  5. I love how a sandwich can be livened up with delicious ingredients like these, served with a side salad, and it makes such a special meal! I can’t get enough asparagus lately, and it sounds amazing with the ham and gruyere!

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