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Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich

c oliver Feb 5, 2014 03:46 PM


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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    daislander Feb 9, 2014 11:00 PM

    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
      hyde Feb 9, 2014 11:43 PM

      The French.

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      happybaker Feb 9, 2014 07:38 PM

      I would like two, please.

      : )

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        BAnders Feb 6, 2014 02:32 PM

        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
          hyde Feb 9, 2014 10:21 PM

          cucumber and hard boiled eggs and you got mine.

          oh and olivada on the bread..

          and giardiniera..

          roast those red peppers...

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          gourmanda Feb 6, 2014 01:08 PM

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

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            c oliver Feb 6, 2014 01:20 PM

            With a few cocktail napkins it was fine :)

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              gourmanda Feb 6, 2014 01:49 PM

              I meant the fragrance :)

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                c oliver Feb 6, 2014 01:56 PM

                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. Antilope Feb 6, 2014 11:28 AM

            Thanks! Another use for my homemade baguettes.

            1. tcamp Feb 6, 2014 08:52 AM

              Yum, you must have made your fellow fliers jealous.

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              1. re: tcamp
                c oliver Feb 6, 2014 08:53 AM

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

              2. JungMann Feb 6, 2014 08:18 AM

                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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                  c oliver Feb 6, 2014 08:46 AM

                  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.

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                  jammy Feb 5, 2014 05:32 PM

                  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
                    c oliver Feb 5, 2014 05:39 PM

                    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?

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