I was so thrilled a few weeks ago to read the list of February recipes for French Fridays with Dorie – since we would be curing our own pancetta for Charcutepalooza, I was excited to use it in this week’s dish: Green beans with pancetta (p 333).
Dorie calls it a “simple dish made special with the addition of a little sautéed pancetta [which] adds a speck of saltiness, another texture, and elements of elegance and surprise.”
It’s a simple dish, for sure – I whipped it up the other night when I got home from school with a few hours’ reading ahead of me, it kept my tummy happy until some soup later on..
I love the vibrant colours of this dish – the pinky, rusty pancetta against the bright green beans. I think it’s appealing both visually and taste-wise.
And so, so, easy.
It really elevates a side dish (or a lunch or snack) to elegant heights. And reminded me of a fabulous green bean dish my host mother used to serve when I was an exchange student in Belgium with lardons and diced new potatoes. Now if there was only some of our pancetta left… Oh, but wait, a whole rolled pancetta waiting to be used in our wine cellar 🙂
French Fridays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs, rather, we prefer if you purchase the book for yourselves (trust me, you definitely want this book!) which you can do here on Amazon (great price right now) or here on Amazon Canada (it’s also on special!). Go on, treat yourself join us in 2011!