Valentine’s Day Supper ~ Part 2
After Christmas I bought Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. Shortly thereafter I found the group French Fridays with Dorie. Each week we cook one recipe from the book.
The second part of our Valentine’s Day supper was the pancetta green beans that are this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe. (In last week's post I was confused and thought that we were posting the short ribs this week, thanks to DessertByCandy for pointing that out!) This simple recipe turned out to be kind of a pain to make.
Usually we make a trip into the heart of
to do our grocery shopping, but this week we just did not feel like it. What that means is that I had to find green beans and pancetta in Minneapolis . This was a bit of a daunting task. Coon Rapids
You see it is winter in
and fresh beautiful green beans are a bit hard to find. I am sure we would have found some at the Wedge, but as I said we did not make the trip. I was left with what I could find at Cub. All I could find was some sad pre-bagged ones and some even sadder pay-by-the pound kind. So the pre-bagged ones it was. (To be fair I was at Grass Roots at one point, but at that point I thought we were going to go to the Wedge so I did not look at their green beans.) Minnesota
Now pancetta was a different story. It was a problem because it is just not easy to find in this neck of the woods. I actually looked for that at Grass Roots and two meat stores. None of them had it. I finally found it at Cub. (One of the reasons I thought we were going to have to go to the Wedge was because I was having so much trouble finding pancetta.) I am sort of wishing we had not found it, but I am getting ahead of myself.
The recipe was easy enough to make. Timing was an issue, but we will talk more about that next week. The green beans I bought were quite ugly. They were just this side of still edible. The pancetta did not render out fat like the recipe said to expect (and like I have seen pancetta do in the past). It was also very salty. Nevertheless I put it all together and it was tasty enough. I think I paid way too much money for a dish that should be a simple throw together. In the future I will make this when I find beautiful green beans and I have access to good pancetta. Though I am thinking bacon would be good too, maybe not as delicate.
Pancetta Green Beans and Roasted Parsnips.
What else do you think is on that plate? Hmmmm....?