The best ham charcuterie jambon-beurre shop in paris

Many times, I’ve walked by Caractere de Cochon, a slip of a place on a side street, just next to the earnest Marche des Enfants Rouges, in the ever-growing hipper upper haut (upper) Marais, and wondered about the cave a jambons jam-packed with hams of all sorts hanging in the window and from the rafters. Les cornichons nino ferrer But I’ve never stepped inside.

But recently I was talking to my friend Jennifer, and she’d mentioned the place in glowing terms, letting me know it was, indeed, an amazing emporium dedicated to all-things-ham. Cornichons baby sour gherkins So we made a date to go. Substitute for cornichon pickles However as (my) luck would have it, of course, on the day of our date, it was closed for a fermeture exceptionelle.

However, we were persistent and made another date to meet up, because it just sounded too good to miss.


Fortunately a few days later the shop was wide open and inside, Solo, the happy owner of Caractere de Cochon, was presiding over his shop and manning the slicer, helping customers who were coming in and out of his tiny shop, fulfilling their charcuterie needs.

It’s hard to know where to begin when describing the shop, his Solo (who was originally from Madagascar, and moved to France about thirty years ago to do his studies), realized that other countries – namely Spain and Italy – had shops that specialized and highlighted all the regional hams, but there weren’t any in Paris. What are cornichon pickles So he decided to do something about it.

(Another fun fact is that caractere du cochon in French translates to “pig’s character,” and refers to someone who is a bad person. Youtube les cornichons Which, oddly, is the complete opposite of the effervescent Solo.)

In his shop, Solo has everything from jambon de Paris, the true boiled ham that’s the only one still made in Paris (and is excellent, and will make you swear off other boiled hams), to hams flavored with mirabelles, tiny yellow plums that are boiled in the bouillon with the hams, which I was skeptical about, until I tasted the lovely jam-like flavor it gave the ham. Des cornichons au chocolat Then I gave it a thumbs up.

There are also hams flavored with black chanterelle mushrooms, rosemary, and spicy-red piment d’Espelette. Des cornichons au chocolat zusammenfassung You can have sandwiches made from any of these hams, as well as Rostello, and truffle flavored mortadella (bologna) from – appropriately – Bologna.

There are reduced-fat sausages ( maigre), for those watching their ligne. Cornichon pickle recipe And for those not giving a hoot, you’ll find things like guanciale (cured pork cheek), at the other end of the spectrum.

Spain and Italy are well-represented, including legs of bellotta ham, aged for four years, and tightly coiled sausages from Italy flavored with bay leaf, with a pig’s ear rolled up inside.

Solo gave us a taste of fitonu, ripped from a slender, wrinkly Corsican sausage that is sort of an upscale version of jerky, which is chewy and musky, and – yup -delicious. French cornichon pickles But when I asked him what his favorite ham in the shop was, he said quickly, “L’Ibaiona,” a Basque ham aged for 36 months made from pigs that gorge on chestnuts and chestnut flour.

He gave us a taste, and I could see why he liked it. French pickles cornichons But I was also curious about the terrines. Cornichons pronunciation One was baked in hay, then doused with Cognac, lit on fire, and smoked.

Another was a terrine of beef cheeks and tails, which tasted like the world’s best brisket, compacted into a rectangular loaf. Les cornichons lyrics english translation That’s the one I think I’m going to be coming back for the most.

But you don’t need to be a connoisseur of all-things charcuterie to enjoy the shop. Les cornichons reims france One of the first things that made me fall in love with France, and French cuisine, was a simple sandwich; le jambon-beurre — a baguette sliced in half, generously buttered, with good ham tucked between.

Like a number of things, an honest jambon-beurre, made on an especially good baguette, with the true jambon de Paris slapped inside, is harder and harder to find around town. What can i substitute for cornichons And Caractere du Cochon is the go-to place to get one in Paris, as far as I’m concerned.

For those looking for the ultimate ham sandwich (at least when it comes to length), there is Le Rompi, a long, slender sandwich that can be made to order, with ham or beef, along with some of the lovely condiments that the shop carries. Mini pickles cornichons The pea-like marinated tomatoes they use are so good, I swore they were from Sicily. Baby pickles cornichons But the other clerk in the shop, who gave us taste by giving us each one on a spoon, said they were from the south of France. Les cornichons nino ferrer youtube The petit orb was like an explosion of an entire pound of juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes, packed by nature, into one itty-bitty bite. Des cornichons au chocolat ubersetzung There are a few other options, including pickled cornichons, or whatever strikes their (or your) fancy, that you can customize your sandwich with.

Another French speciality they carry is andouille, a rolled up sausage made of a bunch of stuff that you don’t really want to know about. Des cornichons au chocolat zusammenfassung deutsch (FYI: The Wikipedia entry says that its cousin is “…stronger in scent when the colon is used.”) I can’t say I’m a fan, and think it’s something that you need to be born and raised in France to enjoy. Des cornichons au chocolat pdf However if you want to give it a try, I’d imagine the version sold here is the best of the lot. Des cornichons au chocolat deutsch (I’ll take your word on it, if it’s good or not.)

While we were there, it was Fashion Week in Paris, and local fashionistas were stopping in and hastily picking up a half (€19) or whole (€39) sandwich, which Solo said people serve for appetizers. Des cornichons au chocolat vertaling A few of the patrons were obviously very important, because one woman was wielding her overly large designer handbag as a weapon in the small space and nearly took my eye out with it, which didn’t seem to bother her when I pointed it out. Pickled cornichons recipe (People sure are polite here. Freshona pickled cornichons I was just in New York and you’d get your ass kicked if you did that to someone there.)

When Jennifer kindly offered another shopper a piece of the “snowball” sausage we were tasting (just above), slices of a marvelously rich ball of meat cooked with truffles then rolled in Parmesan, she was brushed away without even so much as a “Non, merci.” Hrrmph.

Fashion week patrons aside, I was glad that Jennifer took time from her cheese-tour guide duties (and to risk the wrath of fashionistas) in Paris and Normandy, to give me a look-see in this terrific shop. Nino ferrer les cornichons lyrics Thanks!

Just before leaving, I asked what the basket of saucissons oublies (forgotten sausages) were. Des cornichons au chocolat deutsche zusammenfassung And true to the name, they are sausages that people bought, but forgot at the shop.

Solo has done an amazing job of curating and presenting the best hams and cured meats from across France, as well as our neighbors in Italy and Spain. Des cornichons au chocolat stephanie riassunto Even if you’re not in the Marais, it’s worth crossing town to visit his shop where you can sample the best of France in this well-stocked cave a jambon. What is chopped cornichons Just make sure that you keep an eye out for those designer handbags in the haut Marais — and don’t forget your sausages!

I think it defies precise translation, but it’s used with something is unexpectedly closed for whatever reason. Cornichons recipes pickling It happens quite a bit to me (so much so, that it’s become a joke between me and my partner…) – and Solo said that day, he wasn’t feeling well, so he closed the shop. Cornichon francais anglais (Because of costs, small shops and businesses can’t always afford to hire people so if you can’t make it to work, then you can’t open up.)

However my bank has had a number of fermetures exceptionelles, which is a little disconcerting when there’s a handwritten note on the door of your bank (!) tell you that they’re closed for an “exceptional” reason.

As a fan of all things pork, I was so disappointed in May when I went to this store and was met by a “fermentuers exceptionelles” note. Cornichon traduction anglais At least, through your words and pictures, I can see that it is everything I thought it would be and more! Ah, maybe next May.

Worse than the occasional fermetures exceptionelles are how all of Paris shuts down between the end of July and the beginning of September! I think I had a list of 14 restaurants I wanted to try and exactly one was open.

Not surprised that the Fashion Week crowd does not mix well with charcuterie. Maille cornichons gherkins I would also be crabby if I was around all this lovely fatty charcuterie I could not eat 😉

Concur with your comment re. French cornichons in white wine vinegar having a taste (or not) for andouille. How to pickle cornichons uk You must have to eat it from birth to like it. French cornichon pickles recipe My wife and I just returned from a two week Tour de France (Paris, Bayeau, and Arles. Buy cornichons While in Normandy I made the mistake of ordering a menu which included a medallion of the stuff, which I thought was the Cajun version. Recipe for cornichons It was not. Cornichons wikipedia Fortunately it was served with a good mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes, which together, worked well enough for me to be able to say that it was “no bad”, much to my wife’s great amusement.

Thanks so much for mentioning that you don’t care for andouille/andouillette! I agree, they are tough to enjoy. How to grow cornichons French friends say I should just keep trying a little bit each time someone else orders one. Les cornichons chanson Well, that’s how I learned to like pastis – maybe it would work for the sausages?

The first time I was in France, we got off the red-eye, got our car and made our way to Dijon, where for my first meal I ordered andouillette, not knowing what it was. Les cornichons au chocolat Yup, it sure was strong, in every way!

It was a fun afternoon and I’m so glad you decided to try the beef terrine. Les cornichons youtube It was incredible! I will definitely be buying a big slice to bring home this week.

And I’m so glad that fashion week is over. Restaurant les cornichons reims It will be much less dangerous in there! 🙂

And the tiny shop now filled with the scent of ham used to be my favorite bar in Paris, run by a diminutive white haired lady named Nini who was born and raised in the Marais : if you were lucky she was a bit tipsy and singing songs and telling tales about Occupied Paris……..but it smells much better now as she had a bit white cat, usually asleep on the bar, who perfumed the place.

Some years ago I visited that shop with an expat friend who lived in Paris. Les cornichons de nino ferrer A regular there, she bought some lovely items for a cocktail party in my honor (she didn’t need much to give her an excuse for a cocktail party!)…

I will never EVER be French enough or chic enough to eat something that smells and tastes as though it should be flushed. French cornichons One whiff, one tiny bit, and ew.

I just read the blog comments from Bebe, concerning Andouillete sausages….and some are just hysterical! But there were other commenters saying how delicious it was, so I guess it just depends on the recipe or perhaps how the pig was raised. Pickled cornichons They say to avoid any with a strong odor….if a waiter warns you when you order it, take him seriously!

Great photos and narrative, as per usual. Cornichons gherkins 🙂 Thanks for sharing your windows into the world of Paris.

There is a chapter in Ann Mah’s book, ‘Mastering the Art of French Eating,’ all about andouillette – its history and the process of making it, and working up the nerve to try it. Cornichons and gherkins Who knew reading all about sausage could be so interesting?

Merci beaucoup David ! My husband and I are leaving Paris tomorrow after spending a month in France. Cornichons recipe We made this sandwich our last promenade and our last repas en France. Baby cornichons Le Monsieur dans ce magasin etait si gentil, et le sandwich etait delicieux 🙂

My wife, who is not French, and I were on our honeymoon in Brittany, and she ordered a crepe with andouille, thinking it was referring to something similar to the cajun sausage found here in the states. Cornichons brands As soon as her plate came out, I realized what it was, but not wanting to ruin the meal, I kept my mouth shut. Growing cornichons She enjoyed her meal, but kept exclaiming how grassy the sausage was. Les cornichons Imagine her surprise when I told her after the meal what it was. What are cornichons She was mad at me, but still admits it was not all that bad.

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We visited your favorite utensil store in Paris; it was a hoot and we found items we needed. Cornichons with herbs We did pass on the caldrons in the basement

We went on a Paris by Mouth food tour of Marias last week and one of the stops was Caractere de Cochon. What is cornichons Solo was there and was a fabulous host! we got a selection of hams and of course the famous snow ball. Cornichons substitute It was a treat to taste the wonderful hams and chat with Solo. Les cornichons reims He mentioned while we in there that David just reviewed the shop and he was glowing while he told us, he was a proud Papa!

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