This sandwich, our take on the French pan bagnat, is perfect for outdoor eating. Its flavor improves when you make it ahead.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and mustard; season with salt and pepper. Transfer 2 tablespoons dressing to another bowl; toss with tuna. To remaining dressing, add cucumber and onion; toss to combine.

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  • Cut bread in half horizontally; remove most of soft interior crumb. Spread tapenade on bottom half. Top with basil leaves, then egg slices; season with salt and pepper. Top with tuna, then cucumber mixture; close sandwich.

  • Wrap sandwich tightly in plastic and place between two baking sheets. Weight with a heavy skillet. Let stand 1 hour (or refrigerate, up to overnight). To serve, cut into quarters.

Reviews (6)

148 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 41
  • 2 star values: 22
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2018
I decided to try this recipe to push my limits, and I honestly didn't think I'd like it. I'm not a fan of vinegars in most things, I'm not a big mustard fan, and while I like red onion, I usually don't like it raw. When I tasted the dressing, it was SO powerful, I thought it would ruin anything I may like about this sandwich. But I trusted the recipe and let it press. And then, after a good 4 hour press, I sliced it up -- and WOW. This is seriously SO good. The pressing really helps all the flavors meld, and it all came together beautifully. The only thing I'm worried about now is how long the leftovers will last, given the dressing and such, but we'll see how it goes at lunch tomorrow!
Rating: Unrated
08/20/2009
Thanks--I happen to have a TJ's near me. I'll look next time!
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08/20/2009
Trader Joe's has wonderful olive tapenade!
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08/20/2009
Where can I buy olive tapenade? Or is there something I can improvise using olives I already have?
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08/20/2009
Is there a fat and calorie section for the recipes here?
Rating: Unrated
06/28/2009
This sandwich was delicious at our picnic. Everyone loved it, including my 3 year old daughter. Easy to make and with ingredients that are easy to obtain. Wonderful!
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