Pan Bagnat Revisited

Today I wanted to share a sandwich that had been an old favorite  of ours quite a while back. I'm not sure why I quit making it but something inspired me to make it for our lunch this week. Wednesday evening I made a loaf of French bread in preparation for Thursday's lunch.

I cut the two butt ends off and froze them for later to serve with soup or a cheese course with dinner. Then Thursday morning, I began assembly of this sandwich called Pan Bagnat.

Here is a collage of the sandwich in the making.  Cut the bread almost in half,  Now liberally brush the inside with olive oil, sprinkle with oregano and parsley.  At this point the layering begins.  You can use your favorite sandwich stuffers - each time it can be a different taste.


sand2-COLLAGE

As you can see I first layered the shredded mozzarella and provolone cheeses.  Next I added thinly sliced cucumber and tomato.  Then black olives and sliced hard boiled egg. I had a jar of marinated artichokes so they were placed on top.  What I forgot was the sliced onion and diced bell pepper.  Next time........

This makes an enormously fat sandwich which you can't possibly eat....unless you crush it.   Now you carefully put the top bread over all those ingredients.  See top photo on right.

Wrap it with plastic wrap to avoid oils seeping out.  Now wrap in foil.  When I got to work I placed the foil wrapped sandwich on a table and put heavy Florida Statute books on top.  It weighs it down so the sandwich is pressed and all those ingredients and flavors blend and squelch into the bread.

(Is that a word? Squelch?)

Hours later your sandwich is much thinner and easy to eat.  Bring a napkin because it's still juicy!  You can add turkey or anything you'd like per your taste preferences.  It's a great lunch - lots of carbs but you wouldn't want to have it every week.

Linking up to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday Series and Beth Fish Reads Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.


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14 comments:

Mae Travels said...

Do you know how it got its name? Intriguing!

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Tina said...

Mae, I was reading about that recently! Wet sandwich and bathed in oil. Mmmmm

Beth F said...

I haven't made a sandwich like this in ages ... Yeah, it's a bit carb-heavy but a great treat. And it's also perfect for summer, when you have fresh cukes and tomatoes and you don't have to heat up the oven. This is going to show up on one of my meal plans soon.

Tina said...

Beth F, I am so glad to hear that. The fresh veggies make it perfect.

Vicki said...

That looks so good! I love that you made the bread, I haven't made any bread in a few years.

Pam Greer said...

One of my favorite sandwiches!

Tina said...

Vicki, I try and make the bread on weekends so we can have it with dinner. But for this sandwich I made it the night before.

Pam, it's a fav of ours too, we just don't have it much because of the carb overload!

Katherine P said...

This sounds amazing though I'll leave off the olives on mine! I love a good pressed sandwich and I've got a lot of tomatoes and bell peppers coming in along with fresh basil and oregano that I think would work nicely with this. I'll definitely have to give this a try though I'll have to use a world atlas and not the Florida Statute book.

Sue Jackson said...

Mmmm...I've never heard of this before, but it sounds delicious!

Sue

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Deb in Hawaii said...

Gorgeous! I love everything about this sandwich. I have some good Italian tuna that I think would be marvelous layered in. Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Oh neat! I've never heard of it but sounds like something I need to investigate :D Looks yummy!

Claudia said...

Oh boy! What a fabulous sandwich, popping with flavor, and I can see it coming up on my plate soon.

Debra Eliotseats said...

I just saw this re-imagined as a flat bread at Cowgirlchef. This makes me want to go on a picnic.

Judee@gluten Free A-Z Blog said...

That is a heck of a sandwich that I bet my husband would love me to make for him!! Looks delicious

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