Tuna Nicoise Sandwich
1/2 cup Splendid Salad Dressing
1 pound green beans, ends trimmed and washed
6 hard boiled eggs, quartered
4 inches ripe, firm tomatoes, cut ⅙ths
1/2 a head of red leaf lettuce, torn, washed and spun
This sandwich can be made using a store bought baguette, but fresh baked bread makes this especially delicious and the ring shape is unique. To make the choux puff ring follow the directions in the "Pâte à Choux", recipe, adding the salt, rather than the sugar. It will take about 1/2 hour and it is extremely gratifying!!
Use an appropriate sized pot lid (we used one that was 12 inches) as a guide and pipe the warm choux pastry in a circle around the lid on the silpat. Then pipe another circle of dough outside of the first circle, finally, make a third circle of dough on top of the first two. Trays and silpats can be combined to create a surface large enough for the ring of your desire.
To prepare the beans for the sandwich, steam the beans over salted boiling water until they become bright green and are a little soft (about 2-4 minutes). Put the steaming basket in a sink, or toss them into a colander and top with a few ice cubes and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process.
To assemble the sandwich:
Toss the lettuce in the bowl, drizzle on a generous amount of the dressing, toss and place the lettuce leaves on the ring.
Open and drain the jars of tuna, toss them in the "tossing bowl" and gently break up the gorgeous hunks of tuna and place them over the lettuce, trying to make sure everything is less than bite-sized.
Place the tomato slices in the bowl and very gently toss them and place them over the tuna.
Sprinkle on the capers and chopped parsley.
Toss the beans in the dressing and place them around the ring.
It's hard to do, but now you must cover that splendid creation with the top of the puff ring.
This sandwich can be made using a store bought baguette, but fresh baked bread makes this especially delicious and the ring shape is unique. The recipes for pate a choux and Splendid salad dressing can be found in foodista.
Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 12:14am