• 12oz (325g) best quality, thinly sliced ham
  • 1 loaf brown bread, thin-sliced
  • 1 stick (4oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 level dessertspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 2 scallions (spring onions) very finely sliced
  • 2oz (50g) Parmig1ano Reggiano shavings
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper


  • STEP 1
    Cream together the butter, mustard and sliced scallions. Season to taste with salt and freshly milled black pepper.
  • STEP 2
    Spread one side of each slice of bread with the butter.
  • STEP 3
    Cover each side of half of the bread slices with a layer of the thinly sliced ham.
  • STEP 4
    Sprinkle over the parmesan shavings and season with a little freshly milled black pepper.
  • STEP 5
    Lay a slice of buttered bread over the top of each sandwich and press down lightly.
  • STEP 6
    Trim the crusts off each sandwich.
  • STEP 7
    Now cut them into either 3 rectangles, 4 triangles, 4 squares or 4 octagonals (squares with the corners trimmed off).
  • STEP 8
    Arrange the sandwiches neatly on a serving platter and garnish lightly with sprigs of watercress. Serve immediately.

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