Jambon
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A jambon
TypePastry
CourseLunch / Snack
Place of originIreland
Main ingredientsPuff pastry, ham, cheese

Jambons (from French jambon 'ham'; Irish: siamban[1]) are square pastries filled with cheese and chunks of ham. They are a ubiquitous deli item in Ireland and parts of the UK. The product emerged during the 1990s as part of a broader movement towards "food to go".[2] The multinational bakery company Délifrance claims to have adapted and launched the jambon as a new product in the Irish market in 1997.

Twenty million jambons were purchased by Irish consumers in 2020.[3] Following the trend of meat-free sausage rolls, vegan jambons have also been available since 2020. These pastries are produced in a similar manner, using meat substitutes and cheese analogues for the filling.[4][2]

Jambons are known in France as paniers feuilletés au jambon et au fromage (puff pastry baskets with ham and cheese).[5][6]

In popular culture

In the RTÉ comedy series Hardy Bucks, one of the main characters, Buzz McDonnell, has an obsession with jambons.[7][8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Foras na Gaeilge. "Siamban". téarma.ie (in Irish). Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b Devery, Caitriona (27 October 2020). "Mysteries of the Deli: The Jambon". District Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  3. ^ Porzio, Stephen (18 March 2021). "An Irish puff pastry producer is looking for a head jambon taster". JOE. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Golden Bake Vegan Range out now!". Golden Bake. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Paniers feuilletés au jambon et au fromage". Recettes Faciles – Les Gâteaux de Stéph. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Paniers feuilletés jambon fromage – U – 4 x 100 g". Open Food Facts. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Owen Colgan: Woke at Limelight". Entertainment.ie. 1 May 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  8. ^ Farry, Jessica (5 October 2019). "A festival of laughter". Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 January 2022.