I have to tell you about a sandwich that Miss Ava and my husband recently made. It’s kind of, sort of, but not completely a pan bagnat. Basically it’s a French sandwich meaning bathed bread. It’s most commonly served with tuna and raw veggies and then pressed by tightly wrapping the sandwich. Our version is a little bit similar but also completely different. Check it out!
Pan Bagnat (kind of)
- 1 loaf of bread (should be a French Baguette, we used an Italian Loaf)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1-3 tsp White Wine Vinegar
- 2 Grilled Chicken Breasts, shredded
- 1 Roasted Red Bell Pepper, sliced
- 1-2 Tbsp Capers
- 1 Tomato
- 4 Slices Provolone Cheese
Slice the loaf in half and drizzle the bottom section with extra virgin olive oil. Layer on the shredded chicken, roasted bell pepper, capers and sprinkle the vinegar. Top with the sliced cheese. On the top half of bread use a cheese grater to grate the tomato onto the bread. This creates lots of juice and little chunks of tomato that the bread will soak up. Place the top on the sandwich, wrap tightly with plastic and then wrap with foil. For an extra barrier wrap a large dish towel over the sandwich. Then place a large heavy object on the sandwich, like a book….or a small child! Let the sandwich sit for a couple of hours, slice and enjoy!
Add the chicken.
Add the roasted bell pepper. Don’t you love kids in the kitchen!?!
Add some capers.
Grating the tomato creates lots of juice and little chunks of tomato which gets absorbed into the bread and creates this delicious flavor and texture.
Add some cheese.
Wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap and foil, then again with a large dish towel for extra protection…..from whatever random object you might use to press the sandwich.
Next, press the sandwich with a heavy object….like a toddler! Miss Ava thought this was the best day ever!!! Sitting on a sandwich AND sitting on the dining table!
To make sure it was even she laid on the sandwich! Even if you don’t have a small child that can sit on your sandwich, you can use a heavy pan or a stack of books.
This sandwich should sit for a couple of hours and let all the flavors blend and mingle. We made this for a picnic and it was fabulous!
Happy Sandwich Sitting!
recipe inspired by Melissa Clark