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Pan Bagnat | Classic Nice-Style Sandwich

Fair warning: French people are really particular about the sandwich that is the Pan Bagnat. If we’re calling a spade a spade, it’s basically Niçoise Salad in a sandwich but French people tend to get really offended if you say that.

What Is A Pan Bagnat?

As one of the most classic French sandwiches around, it has a lot of fans and a lot of variations. What we know is that it comes from the south of France and has many of the same ingredients — tuna, olives, tomatoes — that you see in Niçoise Salad. But the key is that it’s smashed and, thought that may seem like a mistake, it’s very much a good thing. The flavors meld together and the result is quite possible the most perfect picnic sandwich.

Variations On This Sandwich

So, instead, I’ll just say this: on my trip to Provence, I was eating this sandwich on the regular. There are countless variations (with cucumbers! roasted peppers! no tuna), but this  {Pan Bagnat} Classic Nice-Style Sandwich recipe version is my favorite. Loaded with olives, tomatoes, radishes, oil-packed tuna, and tons of basil, it is everything I love about Provence: bold, fresh, easy, and totally amazing. 

Other Sandwiches To Try

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{Pan Bagnat} Classic Nice-Style Sandwich Recipe

{Pan Bagnat} Classic Nice-Style Sandwich Recipe

If we're calling a spade a spade, this is like a Niçoise Salad in a sandwich but people tend to get really offended if you say that. There are countless variations, but this {Pan Bagnat} Classic Nice-Style Sandwich recipe version is my favorite.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine French
Servings 3 servings
Calories 255 kcal


For The Anchovy Dressing:

  • 1 anchovy fillet minced, optional
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For The Sandwiches:

  • 3 small French or Ciabatta rolls
  • 2 marinated artichoke hearts quartered (8 pieces total)
  • 1 jar (about 4 ounces) oil-packed tuna
  • 9 grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 tablespoons mixed pitted olives
  • 2 radishes sliced paper thin
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil leaves
  • 3 hard-boiled large eggs sliced


  • Make The Anchovy Dressing: Whisk together the anchovy, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in oil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, taste, and adjust as desired. If using a French roll, pull out some soft interior crumb to form a cavity. 
  • Assemble The Sandwich: Spread half of the artichokes and tuna on the bottom. Top with tomato and olives, then radishes, basil, and egg slices. Top with vinaigrette. Cover with second bread half and firmly press sandwich together. Wrap sandwich tightly in foil. 
  • Put sandwich under a weight such as a cast iron pan topped with a filled kettle. Weight sandwich for 7 to 10 to 15 minutes, then flip and weight it for another 10 to 15 minutes. Unwrap, slice and serve immediately, or keep it wrapped for up to 12 hours before serving.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 427mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 788IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 2mg
Keyword classic french food
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