Pan Bagnat

"I love making this for a picnic tea. Pressing the sandwich allows the bread to become saturated with the flavours of the ingredients."
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins




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

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  1. Maiya
    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.
  2. eliaele
    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)
  3. Chef floWer
    Perfect Picnic food! We have made this recipe three times now and we love it, it's so versatile. I think you can make it vegetarian or add meat for meat eaters. I followed the recipe exactly as written the first time we made it and it was so yummy. Now we add finely slice chicken breast and it's still very yummy. We pack it in the esky and ate it up at the park. I have also made it as an after school snack, (fix it at lunch time and perfect when Little Miss (DD) returns home). It's important to leave it flat for more then 1 hour because the flavours all enhance together. I like using Crusty Cobb Bread as it's easy to manage. Thank you Missy Wombat.
  4. EatUmUpYumYum
    I'm going to wait 1-3 hours to eat this sandwich while it sits out on the table in the heat?
  5. ticleve2
    2 hours does not make a sandwich.


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