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Vegetarian Pan Bagnat with Cilantro Pesto

Summers in Park City you can find live music most every night of the week almost all of them outdoors!  Locals pack their picnics, from elaborate assemblies to something they picked up at the Market. Me, I love to make this very special sandwich, this pan bagnat (pan ban-YAH) with cilantro pesto!

Pan bagnat refers to a sturdy, packable sandwich popular in Southern France. To make a pan bagnat sandwich, use a long baguette with the center hollowed out. Have fun putting together this vegetarian version!


Pan bagnat filling options vary and usually include sliced meats, like salami. For this vegetarian version, I use sliced baked tofu, tomato, salad greens, sliced cheese, olives, roasted red pepper, and thinly sliced cucumber or small zucchini.

Spread your hollowed out baguette with this cilantro pepita pesto before piling in the other ingredients. Basil pesto, if that’s what you have, is a fine substitute.

Pesto in hollowed baguette for Pan Bagnat with Cilantro Pesto

Make it vegan–skip the cheese.

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  • […] For us the basil is easy because we squirrel it away made into pesto. I keep walnuts and fresh Romano cheese on hand this time of year in hopes that John will bless us with his beautiful basil. If I feel like I am swimming in cilantro, I turn it into Latino pesto with toasted pumpkin seeds. […] Reply · 20 July, 2010

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