Casse-Croûte Tunisien (Tunisan Tuna Sandwich)

Nuvita Biscuits

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.


  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ small yellow onion, minced
  • ½ 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″) hero rolls
    2 medium potatoes, boiled until tender, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2 (5-oz). cans tuna in oil
  • ½ cup pitted black olives
  • ¼ cup capers, rinsed and drained
  • 4 pepperoncini peppers, drained, stemmed, and halved lengthwise
  • ½ cup harissa


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.




Recipe Comments

  1. posted by turg143 on Feb 12, 2013

    I had a tuna sandwich and chips for lunch. I’m want it again for dinner. Would it be bad if I had another sandwich (on wheat of course) or should I just wrap it in lettuce?

  2. posted by forahobby on Feb 12, 2013

    I am going on a guide trip and i need a packed lunch that will keep for around 3-4 hours without going stale or soggy and was wondering if there was anyway of doing this with a tuna sandwich?!

    Thanks! idk it might just be impossible :-(
    Also I dont like lettuce or butter sozzy!

  3. posted by cardskid22 on Mar 17, 2013

    When making a tuna sandwich I add mayo. salt, pepper, and onions to the tuna when mixing. What other things could I add to spice it up?

  4. posted by Hotshot t on Mar 22, 2013

    I wanna eat some tuna in like a tuna sandwich or with salt crackers but I wanna know how do I prepare the tuna from the can? what ingredients to I add to make it ready?

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