gaullois sandwich

My mouth is full.

And that is a very good thing, my friends. A very, very, very good thing.

This sandwich recipe was sent to me by a very sweet reader, Angela, and I knew I had to make it on the spot.  And now it’s your turn. It could be the best sandwich I’ve ever had (not counting, of course, a certain gooey croque madame eaten in Paris back in 07) and I’m not kidding when I tell you after making it for lunch yesterday I made it again for dinner. I have a hunch I’ll repeat that cycle today. And why not? A girl can’t survive off bread alone! But French bread, brie cheese, black forest ham, sundried tomatoes and pecans? Well, yes. I could survive off that quite happily actually.

Please make this today.

Angela got this recipe from a little restaurant called Cafe Lutecia in Philadelphia. If you’re ever in Philly, you should totally hit this place up—I know I will! Anyway, apparently the cafe is owned by a sweet little Parisian couple and this sandwich is one of their best sellers.

I made a few changes—subbing black forest ham for salami and changing up the fresh herbs—and the result was fabulous. Who knew that putting pecans in a ham and cheese sandwich would be the best decision ever?

You want to know what also is great about this sandwich? It’s perfect girl food. Really, it is!

Adam is out of town for the weekend (I meet him in Texas on Tuesday!) and right after I dropped him off at the airport I headed straight to the grocery store to pick up the essentials, which turned out also to be the ingredients for this sandwich! There’s just something about a good baguette and creamy brie cheese that make you feel better when you’re on your own. Well, that and a bubble bath, a stack of magazines and a glass of wine, that is. A good book is always necessary, too.

So you should really do yourself a favor today…tonight…this weekend…and make this sandwich.

It’s a really good decision.

Gaullois Sandwich

makes one sandwich

Print this recipe!


1 foot French baguette, split down the middle

2 pieces black forest ham

1 oz brie cheese, divided into chunks

2 T sun-dried tomatoes

romaine lettuce

1/2 lemon

1/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1 T pecan pieces

1 T fresh parsley


Layer ham, brie cheese and sun-dried tomatoes on the open baguette. Broil for a couple minutes until cheese has melted.

Remove sandwich from oven and top with lettuce, pecans, parsley, squeeze of lemon and olive oil.



5 minutes

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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    March 11, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I’ve been to Cafe Lutecia before!! My sister lives in center city Philly so I go there often to visit. The sandwich looks incredible!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 11, 2011 at 5:01 am

    That does look like one of the best sandwiches ever. The bread… the brie… mouth watering!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    March 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I love sandwiches with Brie & Ham! I believe you when you say “make this tonight”

    I’m off to the grocery store 🙂

  • megan @ blackberries for jam
    March 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Oh wow, this looks just like the amazing sandwiches I ate in France but have never been able to recreate. I think I need to rush out to buy the ingredients immediately. I’ll take a stack of magazines, a bubble bath and a glass of wine on the side, too.

  • Camille
    March 11, 2011 at 5:16 am

    This looks amazing! My little vegetarian mind is very upset 🙁

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    March 11, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Wow! My mom is coming to visit this weekend and I had planned on giving your turkey, feta, spinach burgers a go. But now, I’m quite conflicted.

    There’s only one solution here… I think perhaps we’ll have to fit BOTH in this weekend. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 11, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Wow, pecans are great but I’ve never tried them in a sandwich!! This sounds delicious!

  • Jackie
    March 11, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I live just outside Philly and will have to head to Cafe Lutecia immediately! But first, I need to make this sandwich. The picture with a bite in the sandwich, where I can see the melty gooey goodness of the cheese, sealed the deal!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    March 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Oh yum–wow!!

  • Stephanie @ Live Cook Love
    March 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

    This looks wonderful!! Be save traveling, do you know what day you are wanting to do a reader meet up??

    • jenna
      March 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

      Not sure yet–Hopefully we can make it happen but it’s not 100%. I’ll keep you posted!

  • Christie {Nourishing Eats}
    March 11, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I knew you had something yummy up your sleeve!!

  • Kelly
    March 11, 2011 at 6:03 am

    That looks amazing!! When I was in Paris, I ate at a lot of sandwich shops because I don’t speak a lick of French and that was an easy place to eat without much worry or concern for getting something you didn’t like. This is definitely girl food!

  • Melissa
    March 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

    wow kind of amazing this place is three blocks from my apartment and I’ve never been. going today!

    • jenna
      March 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

      so jealous!

  • Blog is the New Black
    March 11, 2011 at 6:12 am

    So simple but looks so delicious!

  • Jackie
    March 11, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I live just outside of Philly and can’t believe I have never been to this place. Will be going immediately! But first, I need to make this sandwich. The melty gooey goodness of the cheese in the pic with the big ol’ sandwich bite sold me!

  • Catie
    March 11, 2011 at 6:27 am

    This is one of those sandwiches that I could totally geek out over! Okay. . . I WILL geek out over this sandwich. I am off to the store!

    • jenna
      March 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Trust me–this sandwich is worth geeking out over! Sandwich geeks unite! 😉

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete
    March 11, 2011 at 6:34 am

    This looks amazing — I love the idea of putting pecans in a sandwich!

  • cathyb.@brightbakes
    March 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

    my brother-in-law(a fine-cheese distributor here in WI) just dropped off some smoked Gouda…might have to try that with this combo!!! Wonder why I’ve never tried pecans in a sandwich before???
    cathy b.

    • jenna
      March 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

      smoked gouda would be delicious as well!

  • Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude
    March 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

    My mouth is watering… that sounds delightful! 🙂

  • Sophie
    March 11, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I have been craving sun-dried tomatoes and this just may be the trick!

  • Heather @ Heather's Dish
    March 11, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I am in serious need of more sandwich recipes in my life…this one’s on the list!

  • HeatherChristo
    March 11, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Divine! Aren’t those a few of everyone’s favorite things?!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    March 11, 2011 at 7:18 am

    That’s a serious sandwich. I would totally hoard it all for myself too!

  • Angharad
    March 11, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Yup, brie and baguette, making the world go round! This looks outstanding. I’ve never heard of this combination or of the work “gaullois” but I like it. A lot.

    • jenna
      March 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Neither had I—until a few days ago. The sundried tomatoes really “make” the sandwich!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I love adding nuts to everything, but would have never thought of adding it to my sandwhich. I love ham sandwiches – I think this may change my life 😉

    • jenna
      March 11, 2011 at 8:47 am

      it changed my life! So delicious.

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    March 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I love everything about this sandwhich and can’t wait to try it!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti
    March 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Simple sandwiches are my favorite because the flavor of each and every ingredient stands out! Yum!

  • Andrea @
    March 11, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Sounds like heaven. And you mentioned Philly, a city I love! Have a happy weekend Jenna, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Heather
    March 11, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I actually live a few blocks from this cafe, and I have never tried it. Besides making corned beef and cabbage, and Irish soda bread this weekend. I will be stopping here for lunch on Saturday. Thanks for giving Phila a shout out and come visit!

  • Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
    March 11, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Omg! This look SO good. I think it’s looking good for my lunch today! Such a unique combo!

  • Lindsay
    March 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Cheese + bread and other goodies… I’m sold. Can’t wait to try this!

  • Michelle | gold-hearted girl
    March 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

    That looks DIVINE. I’ve never seen a combination like it!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    March 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I’m totally on board with anything that has brie on it!! YUM 🙂

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    March 11, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Wait, are you sure you could live off of those things alone — without chocolate?! ; )

  • PhillyGirlRuns
    March 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I live very close to Cafe Lutecia and can testify that (i) yes, the expat French couple that owns it is sweet and fun, (ii) this sandwich rules, though their bread is not quite as crusty as this one looks, and (iii) they also make the most delicious scones in the city, but they sell out very quickly.

  • Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)
    March 11, 2011 at 8:35 am

    omg that sandwich looks amazing!!!

  • Sarah @ The Rounded Teaspoon
    March 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I have yet to find a loaf of gluten-free bread that can compare. This recipe is highly motivating, though. I’m drooling. No fair.

  • Amber's Notebook
    March 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

    YUM!! sounds amazing!!

    Amber’s Notebook

  • Jenny
    March 11, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Looks greatttttttttttttt!

  • Briana
    March 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

    This looks FABULOUS. I have a brie weakness. I could eat a whole wedge, (ok roll too) by myself.

  • Mary Helen
    March 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Oh yum. French Bread and Brie are two of my favorites. I will enjoy wolfing this sandwich down.

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    March 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Oh yes please! i have to make this!! ?

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    March 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    My heart stopped when I say the brie. Just last night I was thinking back on my time in Paris last year! I want to go back… now…

  • Tracy
    March 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I’m reading the new Jodi Picoult too! Would love to hear what you think when you finish.

  • kate
    March 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

    How did I live outside of Philly for a whole summer and miss this place?

  • Lindsaie
    March 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Oh my! There’s a little French place across from my work that is only open for breakfast and lunch – the owners are so cute and speak in French to everyone! They have the most amazing sandwiches. My favourite being the warmed pears with brie and walnuts on a baguette…I think I need one ASAP!

  • Jesse
    March 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

    the simplicity of the perfect sammy with the best ingredients always makes me happy. will have to try this one next:)

  • French Heart
    March 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    That seeded Semifreddie bread is delicious…used to get it often just baked when lived in San Francisco. What’s better than anything Frenchified–nothing!!

  • Kim
    March 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Yum! This sandwich/post made me want my boyfriend to go away for the weekend. 🙂 I don’t eat ham, so I’m going to try it with turkey. I bet it won’t be quite as good, but I’m excited about it!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    March 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Reading blogs before going to the store is dangerous ! lol… my list has grown a bunch ! 😉

  • Kiran
    March 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Minus the first 4 ingredients, I have everything else in the pantry. Time to stock up! 🙂

  • Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    March 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I love the pecan addition.. and the bread looks so good

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    March 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I would totally make this sandwich but with the addition of green apples! I love sliced green apple and brie!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    March 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Looks delicious! How do you pronounce the name??

  • Rachel Wilkerson
    March 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I am SO with you on the “girl food” thing. When I am eating dinner solo, I have a brie version of grilled cheese (leeks + tomatoes, then broiled) I love to have. It just…works.

    This sounds delicious! I’m actually kind of sorry I have a date tonight.

  • Katrina
    March 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    This sandwich sounds amazing!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Love the looks of the sandwich and love that you dropped him off, went to the grocery store, made this + a glass of wine + a book.

    PERFECT way to spend your time!

  • Lea
    March 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I’mz posting a little comment from France… Your recipe looks absolutely marvelous.
    However, the name is probably “gaulois sandwich” (gaullois doesn’t mean anything) which means “sandwich from Gaul” (old name of France, by the way).
    So, with that, i’ll go back to salivating on my keyboard 😀 (bisous!!)

  • Shannon
    March 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I have been reading your blog for about 2 years or longer and I must say out of all the food blogs I read I find yours to be the most entertaining. You have the perfect mix of food stories, personal stories, and funny stories. Great job – Shannon

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    March 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    This looks fabulous! I love a good gourmet sandwich. Fresh herbs make every dish that much better :).

  • Camila F.
    March 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Too pretty to eat! (OK, I’m kidding, I would eat that is just one bite)

  • Jen
    March 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    My boyfriend won’t be going out of town until May…I think I want to make this sandwich before then. It looks too heavenly.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    March 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Jenna, can you tell me what the original fresh herbs were? I might try the original, or I might try your version, or I might try both! 🙂 Thanks!!

  • Megan@ Dirty Dishes Daily
    March 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Sometimes I think I can live off bread alone…that would be glorious!

  • Megan@ Dirty Dishes Daily
    March 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Sometimes I am convinced that I could live of bread alone…that would be glorious.

  • PB&Jargon
    March 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    looks as fun to eat as it is to say! pecans in a sandwich? brilliant!

  • Kristy
    March 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Love it!!!! I am making it, thx for sharing! Beautiful pics!!! It’s almost too pretty to eat! lol

  • Sara
    March 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    My husband has to go to a week long training seminar thing in the coming month and I’m adding this sandwich to my list of things to make. Yum! Thanks!

  • sonia
    March 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    My mouth is full too, very tempting sandwitch… !

  • sonia
    March 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    My mouth is full too, very tempting sandwich, cant wait to try… !

  • ella
    March 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    haha that is the PERFECT girl time – magazines, wine, girly sandwich, bubble bath. absolutely ideal.

  • Sri
    March 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Is Adam at SXSW?? ugh! wish I could go!

  • Meghan
    March 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Dear God that looks delicious.

  • Annie
    March 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Ive just started following your blog, and Im glad I did! This looks AMAZING! I was looking for a fun way to get some carbs in this weekend to fuel for a long run, and a big piece of bread with brie, ham and other goodies is going to fit the bill quite nicely. THANK YOU for this post 🙂

  • Cara Craves...
    March 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    That sandwich sounds and looks quite divine!
    I am a big brie fan, so I am sure it would be a winner.

  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    March 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Wow this looks and sounds amazing! You are totally right – girl food all the way. Guess I will have to wait until my bf goes out of town next. 🙂

  • Debbie
    March 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    Beautiful sandwich!
    Beautiful photography!
    Beautiuful blog!

    Your blog is such a happy spot to visit. Wishing a happy weekend to you!

    Blessings – Debbie

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen
    March 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Yum! That looks so delicious right now!!! Unfortunately, I had my wisdom teeth out today and won’t be able to eat any of my favorites right now. I’m really torturing myself reading food blogs tonight LOL 🙁

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen
    March 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Oh, and Jenna? A question – what camera and lenses did you use here?

  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    March 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    OH MY… have won me over with the brie and the bread. Hello lover.

  • Jamie B.
    March 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I’m happy to say I made these tonight for my husband and I and they were a definite winner! I love the way a broiled sandwich tastes and it has to be said that Brie and sundried tomatos are a match made in culinary heaven!
    I love your recipes, Jenna!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    March 12, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I grew up in Philly, and my parents live there, but I’ve never heard of this place! Gasp, I’ll have to try it next time I visit the ‘rents 😉

  • mary (sisters running the kitchen)
    March 12, 2011 at 3:26 am

    this looks awesome ! Cafe Luticia has been on my list to try for some time now! I have to get over there and try it out!

  • Alexa @ SimpleEats
    March 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Ahh! All of my top favorite things in one sandwich? Sign me up!

  • Moni'sMeals
    March 12, 2011 at 7:26 am

    what a nice combo. Who would not want this!

  • Andrea
    March 12, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Holy crow! This is right up my alley! I am sad I can’t dig into this quite yet because I had my wisdom teeth pulled this week. Your blog is torture right now!

  • Megan
    March 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Saw this post and immediately decided I had to head to Cafe Lutecia TODAY (I go to school right near Philly…and obvs can’t make anything good in my tiny dorm room). Wish I could’ve had this but I gave up meat for Lent, so I went with the Romain sandwich…mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic and mozzarella all warm and delicious on perfectly toasted French bread. I have to say I will be back MANY more times!

  • Tina
    March 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Adding all of this to the grocery list. STAT! It looks heavenly.

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    March 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    mmmmm drop dead delicious…. you’re right, it’s an ingenious idea putting pecans in.
    Heidi xo

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
    April 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

    This sandwich almost makes me sad to be a vegetarian. It looks THAT good! Congrats on the feature on PW!

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