French Fridays with Dorie: Pancetta Green Beans

Pancetta Green Beans

Over the last few months, I have developing quite a case of Francophilia – blame the trip, blame the Beárnaise.  Instead of trying to get rid of it, I decided to further embrace it.  Over the few months I’ve been blogging a little more formally, I have become curious about French Fridays with Dorie.  FFwD, for short, is an open online cooking group that set off in October to cook their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.  To date, they’ve covered twenty-one of over 300 recipes in the book.  My curiousity got the best of me and I ordered the book.  It is a beautiful addition to our collection – I didn’t have anything on contemporary French cuisine at hand.  Since it arrived last weekend, this week is my first entry into the FFwD fray.  I lucked out this week – we got a side dish and an easy one to boot!  We decided to incorporate the pancetta green beans in our pre-Valentine’s Day ‘Woo Food’ weekend.  Green beans on their own might be tasty, but blanched and smothered in pork fat, butter, and a little bit of olive oil they were downright decadent.

If you want to join in the fun, check out the FFwD website.  The actual recipe is not posted to encourage everyone interested to look out for the book.  I’m sure it will be a welcome addition to any bookshelf – the recipes look simple and the photography is wonderful.

It looks like I earned my badge


This was definitely a weekend of firsts.  In addition to this ‘inaugural’ FFwD recipe, we (well, DH) roasted our first rack of lamb.  We had been wanting to do one for a while, and found a great recipe for a thick marinade/coating from Ina Garten.  We were looking for a recipe that did not include mint, and this one fit the bill perfectly.

Mustard Coated Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb

Adapted from Ina Garten

The marinade/coating consists of:

  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt (half of the original recipe)

After allowing the rack of lamb to marinate for 30 minutes, we roasted it in a 450F° for twenty five minutes, allowing it to rest for ten more minutes.  While it was in the oven, we worked on the pancetta green beans.  It was the easy, tasty meal I needed especially after a few hours of being on my feet baking the Valentine’s Day cookies for work.

Rack of Lamb Ina Garten

I think we’ll definitely be making more racks of lamb in the future!  

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

16 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie: Pancetta Green Beans”

  1. sarina
    February 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Welcome to FFWD! Your beans and lamb look amazing!

  2. Candy
    February 19, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    I am enjoying catching up with all of my ffwd friends. Not cooking this week because I’m actually in Puerto Rico for business! Very much enjoying your island and cuisine! Your green beans and lamb look amazing! Hope you enjoy your ffwd experience!6

  3. Adriana
    February 19, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    @ Sarina – Thanks! I’m very happy to be ‘here’ with FFWD. My book is all flagged up!@Candy – That’s great that you are enjoying PR, and our cuisine. If you miss making the green beans with pancetta, one of my favorite restaurants in Old San Juan, Trois Cent Onze makes them with sun-dried tomatoes. That way you are not totally missing out on the FFWD fun.

  4. Cher
    February 19, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    Welcome aboard! That rack of lamb looks absolutely lovely – and so do the beans.

  5. tricia
    February 19, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    That rack of lamb is amazing. I am too chicken to try one yet but your results are inspiring. But back to the beans….yup, we loved em here and in Nana’s house too. You nailed it when you said that green beans “became decadent”. Any way to get something that is vaguely healthy and able to join a weeknight OR entertaining night table is a winner in our book.

  6. Chris and Amy
    February 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    We finally bought the book and it IS gorgeous. Can’t wait to try some of the recipes!

  7. flourchild
    February 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Welcome to FFWD!! This is such a fun group! I love your beans and the lamb looks great! I hav e never made lamb before!

  8. Nana
    February 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Just wanted to mention that I made brussels sprouts using chicken broth andtopped with pancetta from the Barefoot Contessa. Best tasting sprouts ever.

  9. Elaine
    February 20, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    Welcome to French Fridays with Dorie! I am so glad that you ordered the book and joined us on our cooking adventures. Your pancetta green beans look so good and so doesn’t your rack of lamb. Your photos make me want to make both right now.

  10. Chef Pandita
    February 20, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    Welcome aboard! I started last week with the almond-orange tart. Love this group!

  11. Adam
    February 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    That lamb looks amazing!

  12. Lana
    February 22, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    Welcome aboard! As you can see, Dorie’s recipes are pretty straightforward and if you gather all the ingredients, easy to make. I have been enjoying myself for a couple of months reading different reviews of the same recipe. Lots of fun!I am looking forward to learning more about Puertorican cooking:)

  13. lola
    February 22, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    I love Ina! Her recipes always work for me! These beans were great.


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