Ham and Cheese Bites Recipe

Prep Time Cook Time Serves
35m 12 servings

Ham and cheese, a classic flavor combination that most start eating from a young age. The only difference is that as you get older, the ham and the cheese usually become better quality! Here is a Basque version using the ham and cheese from the region. If you can’t get your hands on those particular ingredients, well….any other ham and cheese will probably do!


  • 1 fresh baguette
  • 1/2 cup salsa brava
  • 6 thin slices Basque ham (such as Jambon de Bayonne or Kintoa ham)
  • 12 slices Basque hard cheese such as ossau-iraty (or any hard sheep’s milk cheese)
  • 12 good quality black olives, pitted


Slice the baguette on the diagonal into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Slather each slice with some salsa brava and top with a half slice of ham and a slice of cheese. Place an olive on top of each to finish and insert a toothpick to hold everything in place.

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