Tuna Pan Bagnat

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So you have a can of tuna…..you need lunch, or a light supper….. Tuna Pan Bagnat.

Tuna Pan Bagnat

Pan Bagnat (pan ban-Yah) wet or bathed bread, is a specialty of the Provence region of France. Traditionally a round wheat bread is stuffed with the classic Salad Nicoise ingredients…. tuna, anchovies, tomatoes, eggs, olives, red onions, capers, garlic and olive oil.


Tuna Pan Bagnat

Crusty bread, in this case my fav ciabatta, soaks up a yummy vinaigrette made from anchovies, garlic, dijon, balsamic, and olive oil. Use the best olive oil you can, especially when making a vinaigrette.

Tuna Pan Bagnat

For extra crunch, I tossed thinly sliced english cucumber slices into the vinaigrette and let them soak up the flavor while I prepared the rest of the sandwich.

Tuna Pan Bagnat is easy to make, portable, and can be made ahead. In fact, the longer it sets the better it gets. Perfect for a picnic, or make one on a french baguette, and you can have lunch for several days…..if it lasts that long.

Tuna Pan Bagnat

Admittedly, I am not a huge sandwich fan, Tim on the other hand is. I have no particular reason, but a sandwich is not always my first choice. Perhaps I have been swayed, this truly was delicious!

In keeping with tradition, I pressed the sandwich, meaning after I wrapped it,first in parchment paper, then tin foil, I placed two cast iron skillets on top and let it sit. Pressing makes sure all the flavors “bathe” the bread.

Tuna Pan Bagnat

We pressed our Tuna Pan Bagnat for just a few hours. I can only imagine how good it would be left over night. So, take a trip to the Provence Region of France with Tuna Pan Bagnet…..Bon Appetit!

Tuna Pan Bagnat
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ciabatta buns, halved (I toasted mine lightly)
  • ½ english cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-size, ripe tomato, sliced
  • ½ small red onion, sliced
  • 1 - 5 ounce can tuna packed in oil, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon caper, drained
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • 2 hard-cooked egg, peeled and thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the anchovies, garlic, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking constantly.
  2. Slice cucumber thinly then add to vinaigrette and toss well.
  3. In a small bowl gently mix the tuna, olives, and capers, trying not to break up the tuna too much.
  4. Spread half the cucumbers on bottom of bread. Top with tomato and onion slices, then with tuna mixture, basil, olives and egg slices. Top egg with remaining cucumbers. Cover with second bread half and firmly press sandwich together.
  5. Wrap sandwich tightly in foil, waxed paper or plastic wrap, then place in a plastic bag. Put sandwich under a weight such as a cast-iron frying pan. Weight sandwich for 7 to 10 minutes, then flip and weight it for another 7 to 10 minutes. Unwrap and serve immediately, or keep it wrapped for up to 8 hours before serving.

 

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Marinated Mozzarella

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Marinated Mozzarella is your Sunday snack ticket!!!

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Sunday snacks……what football game would be complete without them??

This is one of the easiest recipes ever…….I kid you not. Cut. Mix. Pour. Store.


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It can literally be made in about 10 minutes. A pound block of mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes, then mixed with sundries tomatoes, garlic, and herb…….covered with olive oil and marinade.

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Only downside to this recipe is that it needs to be removed from the frig about an hour before game time. The olive oil does tend to set up and you need to allow it to return to room temp.

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This could be considered a plus…….take out the cheese, and by the time you get your favorite team garb on, you are ready to go…….I know, but in girl time, it will take an hour to get ready!!

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So, enjoy a snack of Marinated Mozzarella at your next Sunday game!!!!

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P.S. Marinated Mozzarella can also be an elegant appetizer for special occasions or holidays.

Marinated Mozzarella
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese,cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup, sun dried tomatoes in oil drained,diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except oil in a large bowl and toss to bled ingredients.
  2. Place tossed cheese mixture into a large mason jar. Pour olive oil over cheese in jar; seal and turn upside down. Refrigerate overnight, turning several times. Serve with bread or crackers.

 

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Dijon Carrot Salad

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Dijon Carrot Salad

We all know about traditional carrot salad…….mayo based,with *gag* raisins…….I know I should not bash food, but I really dislike raisins!

I don’t know if it’s a texture thing, or if it’s the actual taste…….or the fact that they can disguise themselves as chocolate chips……..then bam…..it’s a raisin. Very disappointing when your mouth is set for sweet chocolate…… Continue reading “Dijon Carrot Salad”


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