This is a really simple dish with very few ingredients, and it was so nice to see Dorie restrain herself after some of the multi-step dishes we've been making lately. Thankfully, the recipe did not call for killing the pig or curing the pancetta, growing the beans, or leaving anything in the fridge overnight. It was a real back-to-basics dish, but with a wonderful balance of flavors, especially with a little lemon juice squeezed on top. It's a real lesson in how keeping things simple can have such a huge impact, especially if the ingredients are fresh and high-quality.
My only quibble (if you can call it that) is that the recipe calls for green beans and not haricots verts. The book is called Around My French Table, n'est-ce pas? No matter! A bean by any other name, as they say ...
And there you have it. Short and sweet. If you'd like to join in on all the fun, pick up a copy of the book and start cooking with us. And in the meantime, check out what everyone else thought of the dish here.
Happy French Friday!