If we're calling a spade a spade, it's basically Niçoise Salad in a sandwich but people tend to get really offended if you say that.
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 Nicoise 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 picni 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 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.
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or red wine vinegar
quartered (8 pieces total)
sliced paper thin
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.
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