Provençal picnic sandwich (Pan bagnat)

This is a speciality of Nice and is filled with Niçoise salad ingredients. A great way to use up slightly stale bread, the recipe contains tuna and anchovies but if you are vegetarian, you could substitute with cheese (such as mozzarella or slices of goats’ cheese) or roasted peppers, aubergines, courgettes and mushrooms. Make this a day ahead and keep weighted down in the fridge so all the juices seep into the bread.


  • 1 pain de campagne or round sourdough loaf (about 400g/14oz)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or grated
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 or 3 large ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 15cm/6in piece of cucumber, sliced
  • 225g tin tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 6 anchovies in olive oil, drained
  • 3 hard-boiled free-range eggs, peeled and sliced
  • 20 Niçoise or Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano or marjoram leaves, chopped
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 handful rocket leaves
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Provençal picnic sandwich (Pan bagnat)

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