Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Scooping out part of the bread in this simple version of pan bagnat allows for more tasty fillings and acts as a hull to collect flavorful tomato juices. Make breadcrumbs with scooped-out bread.
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 piece)
1. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add tomato, artichokes, and olives; toss to coat. Let stand 5 minutes.
2. Cut ciabatta in half horizontally; remove insides of bread, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick shell. Spoon tomato mixture over bottom half, leaving some juices in bowl. Top with fennel, egg, and basil. Stir remaining 2 teaspoons oil into reserved juices; brush mixture over cut side of top half of bread. Place top half of bread on top of sandwich. Wrap sandwich tightly in foil; press gently. Unwrap; cut into 4 pieces using a serrated knife.