Tunisan Tuna Sandwich (Casse-Croûte Tunisien)

Casse-Croute Tunisien

Casse-Croute Tunisien

Casse-Croute Tunisien, a North African take on a French pan bagnat, requires two hands and a big appetite.Landon Nordeman

You'll need both hands to eat this overstuffed tuna sandwich, lavished with fiery condiments and stacks of fixings, a North African take on a French pan bagnat. This recipe first appeared in our November 2012 issue along with Jay Cheshes's story Couscous Royale.

Casse-Croûte Tunisien (Tunisan Tuna Sandwich)
Both hands are needed to eat this overstuffed tuna sandwich, lavished with fiery condiments and stacks of fixings, a North African take on a French pan bagnat.
Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 small yellow onion, minced
  • 12 small green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1 (15-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes in juice, drained, crushed by hand
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 (8") Portuguese or hero rolls
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, boiled until tender, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2 (5-oz). cans tuna in oil
  • 12 cup pitted black olives
  • 14 cup capers, rinsed and drained
  • 4 pepperoncini peppers, drained, stemmed, and halved lengthwise
  • 12 cup harissa

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a 10" skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add tomatoes and bay leaf, and cook, stirring, until sauce is thick and slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Assemble the sandwiches: Split rolls horizontally, leaving them intact on one side. Divide tomato sauce among rolls, top with potatoes, cucumber, and tomato, and then tuna; top with olives, capers, and pepperoncini. Drizzle the top of each with harissa; halve sandwiches crosswise to serve.