As a specialty of Nice, France this Pan Bagnat makes the perfect picnic sandwich or outdoor summer dinner because the combination of ingredients packs in and stays together for a punch of flavor and a clean meal.
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
2 anchovy fillets
2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 small garlic clove, minced
1 large lemon, halved and juiced, divided
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 (5-ounce) cans tuna packed in olive oil, undrained
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (8-inch) baguettes or rolls
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
1/2 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 6 ingredients and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a food processor; pulse until coarsely pureed. Add olive oil, and pulse to combine.
Combine tuna and artichoke hearts in a medium bowl. Stir in ground black pepper and remaining lemon juice; toss well.
Cut baguettes in half lengthwise; tear out about two-thirds of the soft interior. (Reserve removed bread for another use.) Divide tuna mixture, olive mixture, tomato slices, egg slices, and fennel evenly among baguettes. Sprinkle with coarse black pepper, if desired.
Wrap sandwiches in plastic wrap, and place on a baking sheet. Cover with a second baking sheet, and weigh down with canned goods or other heavy items. Chill 4 hours, turning once. Serve at room temperature.
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