Bastille Day is this Thursday, July 14, and even if you're not French, it's one of the most delicious holidays to celebrate. While everyone loves a good coq au vin, you don't have to go all Julia Child to honor the French Independence Day through food.
Rather, the baguette -- one of France's simplest and most delicious contributions to the culinary world -- offers the perfect canvas for a host of easy and delicious summer sandwiches. Wonderful for a picnic or any meal, baguette sandwiches are fantastique!
Here are six sensational summer sandwiches made on baguettes, starting with this one for Steak Sandwiches on Garlic Baguettes With Arugula and Tomatoes that I clipped years ago from Bon Appetit.
Steak Sandwiches on Garlic Baguettes With Arugula and Tomatoes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
- 2 (1-pound) New York strip steaks (each about 3/4 to 1 inch thick), trimmed
- 6 (5- to 6-inch-long) French-bread baguette pieces, halved lengthwise
- 2 large garlic cloves, halved
- 3 1/2 cups arugula (about 2 ounces)
- 2 large plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and herbes de Provence in small bowl to blend. Rub oil mixture over both sides of steaks. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steaks to desired doneness, about 8 minutes per side for medium-rare. Cool completely. Wrap steaks tightly with plastic and chill. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.)
Preheat broiler. Place bread, cut side up, on baking sheet. Lightly brush cut sides of bread with 1/4 cup oil. Broil until bread is golden, about 1 minute. Rub garlic halves over toasted sides of bread.
Cut meat into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Place arugula over bottoms of bread. Top with meat, then with tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with bread tops. Cut sandwiches in half. Serve warm, or wrap with foil and chill if packing for picnic. (Can be made 2 hours ahead.)
Note: I think it's even better with a little mayo or aioli added.
Some other delicious baguette sandwiches to try:
Sesame Chicken With Napa Cabbage and Spinach Slaw on Baguette Light and fresh, this one is filling and satisfying.
Ham and Brie Baguettes Simple and perfect, anytime.
Hot Merguez Baguettes Kerry Saretsky over at The Huffington Post shared this sausage-filled version sold by French street vendors that sounds amazing.
Poached Eggs on Toasted Baguette With Goat Cheese and Black Pepper Vinaigrette If you want to start celebrating early, this makes a delicious breakfast.
Turkey Avocado Baguette Sandwich With Chipotle Mayonnaise This is a nice, fresh sandwich that combines several cultures.
What are your favorite baguette sandwiches? How do you celebrate Bastille Day?
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