Pan Bagnat is a typical sandwich from Nice, the name means wet bread. Larousse Gastronomique, which is the bible for the French cuisine, suggests that the Pan Bagnat originate from the salad nicoise served on stale bread.
In Italy, many of the stale bread recipes originate from fishermen or shepherds who would spend many days away at sea or in the fileds and couldn't get fresh bread.
The stale bread had to be wet to become soft again, so the Pan Bagnat is originally wet with the juice from the tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil
The rest of the ingredients are typical of the region: tuna, anchovies, olives and seasonal fresh vegetables like cucumbers, onions, radishes, peppers and celery.
Pan Bagnat is very common here in the region, not only as a street food sandwich but also served as a starter, at buffets and even at Michelin Star restaurants.
Full of fresh vegetables and fish, the Pan Bagnat is a very healthy meal and I often make it for the boys' school lunch.
I prepare the ingredients the day before and compose the bread in the morning before they leave for school.
Although, I don't use stale bread.
I always have a reserve of frozen french bread.
It takes 10 minutes to defrost in the oven and it is as nice as fresh.
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picnic, Sandwich, Traditional French
tuna preserved in olive oil
(I buy it in the glass container)
sliced red onions
anchovies preserved in salt
(cleaned and deboned)
extra virgin olive oil
Prepare all the ingredients: debone the olives, clean and debone the anchovies, drain the tuna from the oil, boil the eggs and cut them into slices
Slice all the vegetables and cut the tomatoes collecting all the juice
Cut the bread in half and remove the inside of the bread from both halves.
Sprinkle both sides with abundant extra virgin olive oil
Pour over the bread the juice from the tomatoes
First, lay over the bread the slices of the tomatoes
The lay the rest of the vegetables
Continue with the rest of the ingredients: tuna, anchovies, eggs, olives and basil
Sprinkle with the red vinegar
Cover with the top of the bread and cut into 8 portions to serve
Calories 292 calories per serving
Fat 14 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 27 gr per serving
Proteins 15 gr per serving
Sugar 1 gr per serving
Sodium 512 mg per serving
Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.
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