The Best Pan Bagnat Recipe (Tuna Salad)

My Fall outing has been canceled.  The Blog Tech scheduled a piano lesson and forgot to tell me....damn!  However, I did head out early and score some things for decorating which I will show you tomorrow.  For lunch, I made these sandwiches which I have been making for years and are a big favorite with my fam.  Pan bagnat (bathed bread) are just fancy tuna sandwiches.
 This recipe makes 4 large sandwiches.  Start by hard boiling eggs.  I made 5 but you really only need one per sandwich.

 Thinly slice 1 small sweet onion and 2 stalks of celery.

 Add very thinly sliced red onion, about half of a medium one.

 Drizzle with about 3 T. good olive oil, 2 T. red wine vinegar and the juice from 1 lemon.

 Sprinkle with lots of freshly cracked black pepper and some sea salt.

 Use your hands and smoosh this all together.  Take your time to do this.  The onions need to release their juices.  Let this sit at room temp for several hours or overnight.

 Next, add some diced fresh rosemary, about 1 tablespoon.

 Add several tablespoons of capers.  I missed a few pics here but add 3 jars of imported tuna packed in oil.  Do not use the awful stuff packed in water, it is just nasty.  Add about 1 C. of pitted Mediterranean olives such as kalamata.

 Use ciabatta rolls for the sandwiches.  Place some crunchy lettuce on the roll and top with some of the tuna mix.

 Place some sliced egg and radishes on top of the tuna and top with some anchovies.  If you are an anchovy chicken, just don't use them.

 Top with some thinly sliced tomatoes from your garden.

This recipe takes tuna sandwiches to a whole new level.


Farm Friendly said…
You had me at all that until the anchovies. yuck!
Anonymous said…
wow, one would have to put on their "Sunday go to meeting clothes" to eat this sandwich, very fancy, wow, yummy!!!!
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These pain bagnats look so delicious - that is one lunch or supper waiting to be done chez moi!
WHAT a sandwich, indeed. Looks delicious.
Jan said…
Definitely look delicious...yummmmm!

Anonymous said…
Oh! Long time since I had tuna salad! This looks just delicious and I would do it now if I had all ingredients but I lack onions and a lemon. My lemon tree died last winter and I didn't get any lime from the small lime tree I have.

Have a great day!
An anchovy chicken? Is that like chicken of the sea, LOL?
Barb said…
Those look wonderful! Sorry about your fall plans. I have been wondering if you are going to Salem this year. Those are some of my all time favorite posts!!!
Just looking at those sandwiches and imagining the ingredients took my body's appetite sensors to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! I agree! NEVER saw a tuna sandwich like this!
Melissa said…
Oh yummm!! I love tuna sandwiches and must try this recipe!! Thank you for sharing!
Anonymous said…
That looks so super delicious !!!
I love fish, so I certainly have to try this ; )
A new twist to tuna. I am going to make this. yum.
A new twist to tuna. I am going to make this. yum.
chickpea678 said…
This just looks SO good!!!