A jambon
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.[3]

Twenty million jambons were purchased by Irish consumers in 2020.[4] 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.[5][2]

Jambons are known in France as paniers feuilletés au jambon et au fromage (puff pastry baskets with ham and cheese).[6][7]

In popular culture

In the RTÉ comedy series Hardy Bucks, one of the main characters, Buzz McDonnell, has an obsession with jambons.[8][9]

See also


  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. ^ Devery, Caitriona (23 January 2022). "Jambons: The Not-So-Full Irish Breakfast". Ireland Eats. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  4. ^ Porzio, Stephen (18 March 2021). "An Irish puff pastry producer is looking for a head jambon taster". JOE. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Golden Bake Vegan Range out now!". Golden Bake. 31 March 2020. Archived from the original on 3 May 2022. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Paniers feuilletés au jambon et au fromage". Recettes Faciles – Les Gâteaux de Stéph. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Paniers feuilletés jambon fromage – U – 4 x 100 g". Open Food Facts. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Owen Colgan: Woke at Limelight". Entertainment.ie. 1 May 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  9. ^ Farry, Jessica (5 October 2019). "A festival of laughter". Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 January 2022.