French Fridays with Dorie: Green beans with pancetta

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 🙂

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41 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Green beans with pancetta

  1. Liz February 18, 2011 at 06:19 #

    Oooh, your big chunks of pancetta look fabulous!!!! Gorgeous presentation!

  2. Belinda @zomppa February 18, 2011 at 08:06 #

    Simple, classic. Love the big thick healthy slices!

  3. merry jennifer February 18, 2011 at 08:13 #

    I love green beans — all types of beans, really — and the addition of pancetta (homemade!!) is a wonderful touch. Beautiful photos, Mardi. 🙂

  4. Mr. Neil February 18, 2011 at 08:14 #

    I missed this dish, but what springs to mind is a nice bottle of Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine. Touch of spritz, some fruit to balance the salt. A nice light wine with some body nonetheless.

    For those of you who don’t have access to the above, try something with a little fruit, off-dry a possibility. Avoid too much oak, or anything with too much steely character.

    Oregon Pinot Gris, Australian Viognier would do well.

  5. Lora @cakeduchess February 18, 2011 at 10:02 #

    Hi Mardi-I can only imagine how yummy your beans were with your homemade pancetta. Your pancetta looks fabulous!

  6. Trix February 18, 2011 at 10:28 #

    How awesome that you used your Charcutepalooza pancetta! I too loved this dish – simple, filling, and flavorful – and so nice to whip something up quickly.

  7. RavieNomNoms February 18, 2011 at 11:10 #

    What a delicious meal, looks great!

  8. Kate @ Diethood.com February 18, 2011 at 11:34 #

    This dish is wonderful! I can only imagine the yummy smell in the kitchen when you added in the pancetta… mmmm.
    I feel like such a proud “mommy” when I get to cook with something that I picked from my garden, or from my meat curing box.
    Your pancetta looks amazing.

  9. Jessica of My Baking Heart February 18, 2011 at 12:31 #

    Looks and sounds wonderful! Great photos, too! 🙂

  10. Jackie February 18, 2011 at 14:36 #

    This is one of my favourite ever tapas dishes that I get in Spain, but the green beans are usually thinner and it also includes liberal amounts of garlic, shallots and jamon. It’s my favourite, though! So glad that Dorie has a French version that you got to use your delicious looking pancetta in!

    Jax x

  11. Cher February 18, 2011 at 19:37 #

    How nice that you were able to use the results of one project to complete another! Pretty cool.

  12. Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup! February 18, 2011 at 20:19 #

    Mardi – You’re much too ambitious, with that fabulous-looking pancetta 😉 Nicely done, girl!

  13. Tricia February 18, 2011 at 20:35 #

    Wow – this looked fun. And your photos are fabulous. The chunks of pancetta add such a different look to the dish as opposed to the little “frizzles”. As I viewed each photo I wanted to reach out and pop one of the little chunks into my mouth ! Well done 🙂

  14. Paula February 18, 2011 at 21:24 #

    Your beautiful photos of this FFWD dish just make it all the more appetizing.

  15. Betsy February 18, 2011 at 22:31 #

    Your pancetta chunks look positively luscious. Looks more like pancetta with green beans than the other way around. Yum!
    I used homemade pancetta too, from the same Charcuterie book. Had some in the freezer from an earlier experiment by my husband. It was so good.

  16. cat February 19, 2011 at 08:56 #

    mmm, more of your lovely pancetta – can’t go wrong with that. and green beans with pancetta as an after school snack? love it!

  17. Carolyn Binder February 19, 2011 at 15:43 #

    Just joined French Fridays! I cannot wait to try this recipe with my pancetta and green beans from our garden. Should be fabulous!

  18. Magic of Spice February 19, 2011 at 18:29 #

    I agree the color contrast is lovely and I am sure the texture of the pancetta plays nicely off of the beans. Hope you are having a good weekend 🙂

  19. Megan February 19, 2011 at 21:29 #

    Green beans and pork are a really lovely combination. It’s so wonderful you were able to use your own pancetta for this!

    I’ve had to make the decision to skip some FFWD due to cost and seasonality, but as soon as green beans pop up here I am making this recipe.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite February 23, 2011 at 21:46 #

      Yes if only I had green beans from the garden. Oh wait, I don’t have a green thumb. I guess the home made pancetta makes up for this!

  20. Lana February 20, 2011 at 03:21 #

    But this is the best such a simple dish can be: prepared with your own cured pancetta! I am so envious! I live vicariously through you and several others and wish that I had either enough space of enough cold weather to join in the fun.
    In the meantime I’ll just ogle your products:)
    We all loved this dish – simple, easy, delicious. Kids ate it, and I was happy. Period.
    Now, I have to get ready for those ribs:)

  21. Renee (Kudos Kitchen) February 20, 2011 at 15:04 #

    The fact that you made your own pancetta blows me away! Your dish looks so pretty and the contrast of colors in your photos is simply perfect!

  22. penny aka jeroxie February 20, 2011 at 18:10 #

    This is indeed a snacking dish….. freah, simple and delicious.

  23. Tiffany Rosenberger February 20, 2011 at 21:51 #

    Who wouldn’t love green beans with pancetta. So delicious and the pictures are mouth watering.

  24. Lola's Kitchen February 22, 2011 at 20:57 #

    Great pictures!

  25. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction February 23, 2011 at 20:55 #

    Oh, I just LOVE how the green pops in your photos. I think all vegetables should be served with pancetta. 🙂

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