FFWD – Pancetta Green Beans (Not)

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I looked for pancetta in my area, twice, and both times I came back empty handed.  It was due to that fact that this particular side dish I’d made for FFWD is absolutely nothing like Dorie’s original found on page 333 of “Around My French Table”.  That being said, I must say that it seriously was one of the best tasting veggie dishes I have ever made and I’d like to thank Dorie Greenspan for being the inspiration.

The original recipe called for so few ingredients that I’m sure it’s delectable in it’s less-is-more state of perfectness leaving the so few ingredients to shine through as stars.  Dorie’s recipe called for pancetta, trimmed and blanched green beans, butter, ground pepper and walnut oil.  Simple and perfect.

However using bacon as my stand in for the pancetta and adding just a few more simple ingredients the side dish I’d created was outstanding in it’s own right too.  After all, everything is better with bacon 🙂

Using trimmed and blanched green beans, 1/2 pound of bacon (sauteed crisp), a dash of red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, a bit of golden honey and some toasted walnuts this is my dish in a pinch.

Thanks again for the inspiration Dorie!  I wouldn’t have done it without you…perhaps 🙂 !

Thanks for visiting my Kudos Kitchen! I’ll look forward to your next visit and as always, the next recipe we share!!!

Until we eat again,


  1. Mmmm, that looks amazing! You can send some my way if you want! 😉

  2. I am pretty sure that there is no picture of that dish in the book so let's just pretend that yours looks like it it supposed to 😉 I love the addition of the walnuts 🙂 And you know, bacon and pancetta ARE closely related! Gorgeous!

  3. I love your add-ins…yum!

  4. Great greenbeans! I never thought I would put a post on my blog about Greenbeans!HA! It just shows how amazing Dorie is!!
    I used bacon too and I love your idea of using walnuts! YOur pictures are amazing!

  5. Wow, looks great!

  6. Your variation is lovely – so it doesn't seem like you missed out. Pancetta was definitely not simple to source in my neck of the woods, so I am sure others struggled too!

  7. You substituted beautifully Renee and your dish looks absolutely delicious. Pancetta can be hard to find and I know where I used to live, the only place to get it was in the district called *Little Italy* in a small Italian Meat Shop. It was worth the trip!

  8. Oh my goodness….as soon as my eye caught that photo with the walnuts you had me. They look absolutely amazing. Your photos really turned out so well. We love the recipe and I will be revisiting it again…but next time with walnuts too 🙂

  9. Renee, besides the fact that this dish looks so yummy, I also have to say your photography has really been top notch lately! Not that it always wasn't, of course. They look so professional.

  10. I love your additions! I think had the original recipe been this, I would have enjoyed it more! The original dish just seemed way too plain for me. Great post!

  11. I've died and gone to heaven, I LOVE this recipe, can't wait to try it out! Your green beans look so beautiful in color and crispness, even on a computer screen! We're definitely going to try this out. I've seen pancetta at the deli counter in my local grocery store, I always thought it was in the bacon area, but one day discovered it there!

  12. I like the versions I've seen with nuts – walnuts would be great with this!

  13. This is exactly the sort of side dish recipe I love to collect: simple, gorgeous, quick to make, and clearly delicious. Although I have easy access to pancetta, I think I like your substitution of bacon here even better, Renee!

  14. Wow, that sounds wonderful! What a nice combination.

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