November 7, 2010

Peas with Pancetta & First French Friday with Dorie

I have joined the French Fridays with Dorie cooking group.  Every month four recipes from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table are chosen, you prep them, blog about your results on Friday (hopefully this is the only time I break the rules) and read the results of others.  One stipulation is that you can not post the recipe; however after going through this book several times I can honestly say buy a copy - it is amazing. This week I choose Dorie's potato gratin.  It is sinfully delicious!!!
Dorie's Potato Gratin with Swiss cheese & thyme crust
We enjoyed the gratin with grilled fillets, Bearnaise sauce and peas with pancetta.  The peas are inspired by Ina Garten's recipe from her new cookbook. I  took it in another direction - hope you enjoy.

Peas with Pancetta
1 pound snap peas or snow peas
1/4 pound pancetta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Champagne Vinegar
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Slice pancetta and brown in saute pan with a tablespoon of water.  When done transfer to plate with paper towels to absorb grease, cool, crumble and set aside.  Remove the strings from the beans.  I used a mix of sugar snaps and Chinese snow.  Saute peas with oil and vinegar over medium low heat for about 25 minutes.  Taste for doneness (trust me you will know).  Add pancetta and pepper, toss well and allow pancetta to warm up.  Add Parmesan cheese and serve 
The peas will turn more of a brownie green, but they are delicious. My picky husband loved them & the gratin!  I think I am going to see what the gratin tastes like cold...


Jennifer said...

How fun!!! The peas and pancetta look fabulous!

Lara B Knight said...

You must try Jen! I have mentioned the Dorie cookbook to Santa so maybe you can join the fun in January!!!

Penny said...

Dorie's book is fabulous. I have yet to post any of her recipes. The potatoes look great, as does the peas and pancetta.

Lara B Knight said...

Thank you Penny. It was on your blog that I found out about Dorie's book. It is hard to post the dishes without the recipes. I have challenged myself to post something that I can give the recipe for along with Dorie's featured dish. We will see how that goes!