RECIPE

Pan Bagnat

For a fabulous sandwich, place the signature ingredients of a salad Niçoise inside fresh baguettes.

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, preferably organic
  • 1 shallot, grated or minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or pasted
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional, but recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbes de provence (about 1/3 palmful)
  • About 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 cans sustainable/line-caught tuna (12 ounces each can), preferably no salt added, flaked
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small ribs celery with leafy tops, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup niçoise olives, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons small capers in brine, drained
  • 2 baguettes
  • 1 heart of romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 12 cornichons, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped

Preparation

Place the eggs in a pot, cover with water and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat. Cover the pot and let the eggs stand for 10 minutes. In a medium size bowl of ice water, shock the eggs; drain. Crack the shells, let the eggs stand for 5 minutes, then peel and slice.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine the shallot, garlic, vinegar and lemon juice; season with salt and let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk in the mustard, anchovy paste, if using, and herbes de provence; stream in the EVOO while whisking and season with pepper. Add the tuna to the dressing along with the onion, celery, olives and capers; mix well.

Halve the baguettes lengthwise and crosswise and fill each sandwich with lettuce and tuna salad. Top with the radishes, cornichons, tomato and sliced eggs. Wrap and chill until ready to serve. Pair with a dry rosé.

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