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What’s on My Plate?
After all that talk last week about tuna fish sandwiches, I started to get a craving for the version that is popular in the South of France. You may remember that I studied at the Universite in Bordeaux during college. I also had a sweet family in Toulouse “adopt me” for weekends and holidays.
They made sure that I tried any number of culinary delights and specialties from France. And when we vacationed on the Mediterranean, this sandwich was among them. I wish I had good food pictures from back then. Sigh….
So, while I was walking down Memory Lane the other day, reading all your comments, I felt this extreme urge for this sandwich.
A pan bagnat is a kind of “bathed” sandwich. You want it dripping with good French vinaigrette dressing. Mine was pretty basic.
I added cilantro just to be wild and crazy. And a “real one” would have sliced onion and hardboiled egg. But the best part is the dressing. Drizzle it liberally over your sandwich
My French “mom” taught me the dressing. And there really isn’t a recipe. It’s done by feel more than anything. So, these measurements are approximate. I’ll have to do a vlog someday on vinaigrette.
You’ll need the following amounts to make four sandwiches.
Recipe: Pan Bagnat
- 2 real French baguettes, cut to the size you prefer
- 2 small cans tuna, drained
- 4 hardcooked eggs, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups chopped lettuce
- 2 tomatoes, sliced or chopped
- 1 medium bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, though nicois would be more authentic
- Split the baguettes horizontally through the center but not all the way through the crust on the other side. Leave a hinge if you can.
- Divide the tuna, eggs, lettuce, tomato, pepper, and olives among the four sandwiches.
- Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve immediately.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
In a small bowl, place 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard. Add enough red wine vinegar to thin the mustard, about 2 to 3Tablespoons. Blend well. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in enough oil to create an emulsion, about 3 Tablespoons. The dressing will be thick.
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