Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I love making this for a picnic tea. Pressing the sandwich allows the bread to become saturated with the flavours of the ingredients.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. slice the bread in half lengthwise, nearly all the way through.
  2. Carefully open the loaf and spread the garlic on one of the cut sides.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil on both sides.
  4. Layer the tomato, cucumber, onion and olives and any of the optional ingredients on one half of the bread.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Close the loaf and wrap in tightly in plastic wrap or aluminium foil.
  7. Weight the full length of the Pan Bagnat with a heavy book[or several] for 1-3 hours.
  8. Slice and serve.
Most Helpful

This was great! Pressing the sandwich is absolutely the key. The only optional ingredient I used was cheese, but next time I will try more. This made a great light dinner, and is definitly a keeper.

Maiya January 22, 2003

really great sandwich and perfect for a picnic.<br/>But this is not a Pan Bagnat (lettuce, tomatoe, tuna, anchovie,boiled egg,black olives,onion and fresh basil)

eliaele August 08, 2013

2 hours does not make a sandwich.

ticleve2 August 06, 2013