Pan Bagna - a Vegetarian Delight

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Introduction: Pan Bagna - a Vegetarian Delight

About: I like to make things. Art, inventions, tools, ukuleles, etc...

This version of the “soaked bread” sandwich has been in my family since I was a kid when a friend from France taught it to us. It is a specialty of Nice, and can be done in a variety of ways, but we have followed this particular recipe for decades.

It is an event to make Pan Bagnas. We put all the ingredients out on the table and everyone makes their own simultaneously. The most unusual aspect of this treat is the raw garlic that gets rubbed onto the outside of the crusty French bread at the outset. It leaves your fingers with the aroma for a couple days an acts as a pleasant reminder of your Pan Bagna experience.

Supplies

Crusty French bread

Garlic cloves cut in half

Extra virgin olive oil

Red wine or Balsamic vinegar

Green onions (chopped)

Calamata olives

Fresh tomatoes (thickly sliced)

Ground Thyme

Salt

Fresh ground black pepper

Red or green leaf lettuce

Step 1: Prepare the Bread

Prepare the bread. If the bread is soft on the outside, you may need to pop it in the oven for a few minutes so it can develop a nice crispy crunch on the outside. This is important for the next step. Cut the bread into 6-7” lengths. Don’t cut the bread open though.

Step 2: Garlic the Bread

Take a chunk of garlic and rub it all over the outside of your bread. Use the rough part of the bread to grind away at the garlic clove and expose new juicy garlic which you can rub all over the other areas. Try to grind the entire half clove onto you bread. If you have some left over, slice it up and put it inside later.

Step 3: Cut Your Bread Open

Step 4: Oil and Vinegar

Drizzle olive oil and red wine vinegar onto the soft insides of the bread.

Step 5: Green Onions

On the bottom half put in the chopped green onions.

Step 6: Calamata Olives

Add many halves of Calamata olives on top of the onions.

Step 7: Fresh Tomatoes

Add thick slices of tomato on top of the olives and onions.

Step 8: Thyme, Thyme, Thyme

Sprinkle a nice coating of ground thyme on the tomatoes.

Step 9: Salt and Pepper

Sprinkle on salt and fresh ground pepper.

Step 10: Leaf Lettuce

Add a few pieces of fresh leaf lettuce.

Step 11: Taste

Put the top on your sandwich. Announce that you’ve finished building. And take a big bite.

Step 12: Savor

Savor the perfect combination of flavors as you chew and notice the pleasant burn on your lips from the garlic. The flavor and burn will become more pronounced as you proceed to take more bites. It’s like a slow motion flavor explosion.

Step 13: Make Another

When you’re finished you will be ready to do it all over again. Enjoy!

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    8 Comments

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    tinwellpaul
    tinwellpaul

    10 months ago

    A firm favourite of mine, but you absolutely must use a good balsamic (look for grape-must as the first ingredient in the contents list)! Anything else dominates the flavour way too much. Rocket rather than lettuce adds an extra dimension, and for a finishing touch, try it with a few pine-nuts sprinkled inside. Tuna and anchovies, and a few slices of hard-boiled egg steps things up again... but obviously no longer vegetarian.

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    maxman
    maxman

    Reply 10 months ago

    The eggs and tuna sound like good additions. My wife won't eat olives. But that's ok 'cause there's more for me.

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    scotto
    scotto

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanks. Those sound good...

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    Wild-Bill
    Wild-Bill

    10 months ago

    It looks simply delicious. Thank you for your Instructable.

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    scotto
    scotto

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanks for checking it out.

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    GranyB
    GranyB

    10 months ago

    Tempting presentation, Scotto! Nice to see our family's favorite summer treat shared so beautifully! It has been in our family for 50 years & it's fun to see the 3rd generation enjoying it as much as you did!😋
    Mom💗

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    AnandM54
    AnandM54

    10 months ago

    Wow.... Tasty one.. beautiful photos...

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    scotto
    scotto

    Reply 10 months ago

    thanks