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Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich


I think this may be the best sandwich I've ever eaten! You slice a half baguette in half lengthwise and brush with oo and garlic. Then put in a layer of basil. Make the tuna salad (which is going on the rotation even without the sandwich), wrap tightly in plastic wrap and weigh it down heavily (I used two CI skillets) in the fridge over night. Cut in half and then wrap in foil. We just ate this on the airplane at 35000 feet :) Again, the best sandwich ever.

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  1. Nice combination of flavours there!

    I've made this one quite a few times. Similar but also oh, so good:


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    1. re: jammy

      I'd thought how good HB eggs would be. Thanks. I do really think the "smushing" added a lot. How did I live so long and not know about this beautiful creation?

    2. It's the perfect sandwich for a long car trip. If you want to make day of, just get one of the kids to sit on the sandwich until you get to the beach!

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      1. re: JungMann

        Kids are grown and long gone. But Bob can sit on it :) Car trip food for us is so often drive-thru fast food cause we don't want to stop for 'real' food. Now we have something so, so much better.

      2. Yum, you must have made your fellow fliers jealous.

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        1. re: tcamp

          Even the flight attendants commented on it! And to elaborate, I used Ortiz Spanish tuna packed in olive oil. Gilded the lily.

        2. Thanks! Another use for my homemade baguettes.

          1. It sounds like a nice sandwich to eat on the ground; not so much on a plane.

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            1. re: gourmanda

              With a few cocktail napkins it was fine :)

                1. re: gourmanda

                  There was really NO fishy smell and I'm pretty sure there were two reasons for that. One was the tuna I used. It's really top notch and doesn't smell fishy. Having used that tuna for several years I was comfortable about that issue. The other was all the other ingredients like marinated artichoke hearts, Kalamata olive, red bell pepper, etc. If there was a smell, it was the combo of those and not the tuna. Smelled better than most airline food :)

            2. Sounds great! I've done a version of this without tuna, with olive tapenade on the bread, then basil leaves, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, red peppers, thin slices of red onion, tomatoes in season (on the interior, away from the bread), etc. It's a nice vegetarian option and has the advantage of holding up a long time without refrigeration. But same idea--weighing down the sandwich and eating it later on.

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              1. re: BAnders

                cucumber and hard boiled eggs and you got mine.

                oh and olivada on the bread..

                and giardiniera..

                roast those red peppers...

              2. I would like two, please.

                : )

                1. best tuna sandwich I ever had sliced hard boiled egg and olives on it. egg-tuna who knew

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                    1. re: daislander

                      I knew. I always mix egg salad with tuna salad. Great combination.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Can't go wrong with OO and garlic. Sounds like my kind of thing.

                    2. Those damn Italians :) Always stealing from the French! J/K


                      1. This has been on my "to make" list for awhile. Glad to see the glowing review!

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                        1. re: Bunny007

                          I've already figured out the next time I'm making it for a trip. :) I hope you'll report.

                          1. re: bizkat

                            I also add some quality anchovies and use the olive oil from the tuna/anchovy cans. Good stuff.

                          2. Thanks for sharing. Just had this for lunch today.. Delicious!! This one really is a winner and will make many future lunches for me (and my lucky family). My 7 year old ate it for breakfast, he liked it so much :)

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                            1. re: greeneggsnham

                              Wow! If you can please a seven year old, that is high praise indeed :) I'm glad I shared it also :)