Pan Bagnat (Bread Salad) for one
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Pan Bagnat (Bread Salad) for one

 Inspired by the Pan Bagnat recipe from the  Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home cookbook, this open-faced,vegetarian salad/sandwich is perfect for lunch or dinner. -Robin 




Our Recipe Redux assignment this month:

  Grab a Book & Cook

It’s the end of the year and we’ll taking a moment to reflect: Recipe ReDux has been around for 42 months! To celebrate, we’re playing a little party game this month: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 42 or 142. 


Fifteen years ago, I stood in line at my local Sur La Table to get my copy of Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home autographed by Julia and Jacques themselves. I was one of hundreds who were swiftly ushered through the line by staff, given a quick hello and a warm smile by both Julia and Jacques and then left on my own to review the 420 + pages. 


Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home



Page 142 began with the Pan Bagnat.    Just a heads up here–you’re going to need a fork and knife for this one. 

Here’s how I modified the recipe:
1. I purchased this gorgeous 5 Cheese focaccia bread right out of the oven from Central Market.  It allowed for a smaller portion of cheese in the recipe as well as the removal of the salt. With the salt from the bread and the olives, it was seasoned perfectly-just needed that fresh cracked black pepper at the end. 


Central Market Focaccia

2. The original recipe calls for brie cheese. I subbed cheddar to save of calories and fat, but it really missed the creamy factor from the brie. To compensate, I added avocados. It did the trick. 

3. Jacques Pepin insisted on weighing the sandwich for hours to allow for the vegetable juices to soak into the bread. Around here, we don’t have hours for the juices to soak up. Instead, we served and eat as soon as the photos were taken. 



bread salad with recipe


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One note of interest. In the ingredient section of the recipe, it calls for a  2-ounce can of anchovies in olive oil . Nowhere in the directions are the anchovies mentioned. As one of my culinary colleagues mentioned,  “even the pros (or their team of editor) can’t proofread enough”.  



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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    Posted at 12:34h, 22 December

    Never seen something like this before! Fun!

    • Robin
      Posted at 15:55h, 22 December

      It’s really a fun idea for a brunch or girls lunch!

  • Meme
    Posted at 12:52h, 22 December

    Looks delish Robin! I love that you added avocados. They are one of my all-time favorite additions to pretty much any recipe, besides bacon of course 😉

    • Robin
      Posted at 15:55h, 22 December

      But of course, Meme! #bacon

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil)
    Posted at 12:55h, 22 December

    OK – I could seriously eat this for lunch every day and be happy = totally my kind of sammie (and I’d take a page out of Meme’s book and add bacon 🙂

    • Robin
      Posted at 15:56h, 22 December

      DSD–right? The focaccia is the key. DELISH!

  • Emily @ Zen & Spice
    Posted at 16:20h, 22 December

    Yum, this totally looks like a recipe my family would dig into!!

  • Sarah Pie
    Posted at 20:39h, 22 December

    My mom used to make a sandwich like this when we were younger, she called it a picnic sandwich because you could let it sit/press in the picnic basket. I love your update with the focaccia and avocado, YUM!

    • Robin
      Posted at 17:42h, 31 December

      Love that this brought back your childhood memories! Picnic sandwich is a perfect name for it.

    • Robin
      Posted at 18:57h, 13 January

      So glad it brought back some food memories for you, Sarah!

  • Cindys Recipes and Writings
    Posted at 21:56h, 25 December

    It must have been great meeting Julia and Jaques even briefly! I love the flavors you put together!

    • Robin
      Posted at 17:42h, 31 December

      It was very exciting….wish I had more time to spend with them! 🙂