Ham and Brie Baguette Sandwiches with Honey-Mustard Mayonnaise

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Wolfgang PuckNothing satisfies like a well-made sandwich. In the process, I followed some simple rules that you can use to make great sandwiches for school or work lunchboxes.There's nothing like biting into a crispy baguette and experiencing the sweetness, tartness and smokiness, all mixed together. Follow my simple rules, and you'll probably agree.

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Ingredients

  • HONEY-MUSTARD MAYONNAISE
  • 2 Tbs. white wine vinegar or Champagne vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 C. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • HAM AND BRIE BAGUETTE SANDWICHES
  • 1 whole baguette loaf
  • 1/2 lb. (250 g) thinly sliced Black Forest ham
  • 6 oz. (185 g) ripe Brie cheese, cut into thin slices or wedges
  • 4 leaves Romaine lettuce, preferably pale yellow inner leaves
  • Thinly sliced tomato (optional)
  • Dill pickle chips (optional)
  • Thinly sliced red onion (optional)

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Meanwhile, make the Honey-Mustard Mayonnaise: Put the vinegar, egg, mustard, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade or whisk attachment. Turn the machine on and, with the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, continuing to beat the mixture until all of the oil has been added and a good thick mayonnaise has formed. Add the honey and pulse the machine to blend it in. You should have about 1 1/2 C. (375 ml), enough for many sandwiches; use liberally to taste, reserving the rest in a covered container in the refrigerator.

To make the sandwiches: Bake the baguette in the preheated oven until it is good and crisp, about 10 minutes. With a bread knife, cut the baguette crosswise into two equal pieces; then, split each piece horizontally lengthwise in half, taking care not to cut all the way, so that it opens like a book. Coat the inside surfaces generously with the Honey-Mustard Mayonnaise. Layer the ham, cheese and Romaine inside each baguette half, adding sliced tomato, pickles and onion if you like. Close each sandwich securely and serve.

Yield: 2 servings

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