Nana is taking a well deserved week off and since I was able to find
the green lentils at Wegman's, I jumped in to knock this recipe out.
Lentils are one of those items that I was not always a fan of.
The drab look, the taste, the aroma ...... "back in the day" I did not
even want them on my plate.
Amazingly, I have really come to enjoy them over time. Since
the other half of the family is Italian, we have enjoyed the tradition
of eating Lentils after midnight on New Year's Eve. Italian culture
tells us that this will bring prosperity in the New Year. Evidently the little
legumes look like coins or such. They do go quite nicely with Champagne
and I am never one to break tradition- French or Italian. But the flavor
combo of this recipe was a new one for me. It was lovely and refreshing.
I could see how Dorie tasted the dish and decided to add tuna.
The only item I did not manage to locate was the "citron confit", but
thanks to Google I learned that I could substitute 2 Tbs of lemon juice
for each citron confit. I also found many sites providing encouragement
and directions for making this ingredient at home....but since I was knocking
this out the night before the deadline and you need quite a bit of time for the
lemons to transition into citron confit.....2 tablespoons of lemon juice it was !
The hardest part of this dish (once you locate green lentils and citron confit)
is waiting for the lentils to cook. It is truly that easy and will be a wonderful
addition to the summer menu. My hubby really enjoyed the flavor combo
but said he preferred the dish at room temperature rather than chilled.
My older son performed taste test duties and declared it "good"
but would like to add some Parmesan on top next time.
We add Parmesan to anything savory in this house....sorry Dorie :)
This was a keeper and I am really pleased to add it to my recipe collection.
Happy French Friday !