Pan Bagna

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Pan Bagna

Pan Bagna

In the Provencal dialect, "pan bagna" means "moist bread." In this lightened version of the classic Mediterranean sandwich, a filling of hard-boiled eggs is seasoned with pungent black olives, mustard and a subtle hint of anchovy. For a truly great sandwich, use the best-quality bread you can find.

Serves 4

Prep Time 45 min

Total Time 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia, Walla Walla or Maui, thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 22-inch-long baguette, preferably whole-grain
  • 1 small clov garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 imported black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup mesclun, or lamb’s lettuce (mâche) (see Ingredient note)

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Hard-boil eggs (see Tip). Peel when cool enough to handle. Set aside one of the yolks for the dressing. Coarsely chop the remaining eggs.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until very tender and light golden, 10 to 20 minutes. (Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water if onions are browning too quickly.)

Step 3

Cut baguette into 4 equal lengths. Split each piece in half horizontally. Pull out the soft bread from the center of each piece, leaving 1/2-inch-thick shells. Place soft bread in a food processor or blender and process to form fine crumbs. Measure out 1/2 cup of crumbs (reserve the rest for another use).

Step 4

Mash garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt with the side of a chef's knife. Transfer to a medium bowl. (Alternatively, mash garlic and salt in a mortar with a pestle.) Add reserved egg yolk and mash with a fork. Whisk in mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, anchovy paste and remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Fold in parsley, olives, reserved chopped eggs and breadcrumbs. Season with pepper.

Step 5

To assemble sandwiches, spread the caramelized onions over the bread-shell bottoms. Mound the egg mixture over the onions. Top with mesclun (or lamb's lettuce) and replace bread tops.


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