I no longer live in the land of Boudin’s. Alas. Their turkey and Havarti sandwich is a go-to of mine when I’m out and about.

This is not a Boudin’s knock-off, but rather something inspired by their concept, and evolved based on what was in my kitchen. It is simple, delicious, and hearty for something so delicate-tasting.

I served it with broiled shishito peppers and apple slices. It made a light yet filling lunch.

Turkey and Havarti Tea Sandwich
Serves 2

2 slices buttermilk bread (preferably homemade)
2 Tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
6 generous slices smoked peppered turkey
1 tomato, thinly sliced (you will probably not need all of it)

Toast the bread lightly if desired.

Pluck the leaves from the thyme stems, and mash them and the garlic into the butter. Add a pinch of salt if you are using unsalted butter.

Slather the butter over the bread. Top with slices of Havarti, then peppered turkey, then tomatoes. Serve immediately.