FFwD – Beggar’s Linguine
In Around My French Table, Dorie explains that while the literal translation of this dish includes the word beggar, itâ€™s typically used to describe a chocolate bonbon with nuts, dried fruit, and candied orange zest. That makes sense because I donâ€™t know any beggars that can afford $6.99/lb pistachios. If they can, Iâ€™m in the wrong business.
This dish is basically a pasta tossed in browned butter with nuts and dried fruit and topped with orange zest and Parmesean. Now let me tell you that I donâ€™t get buttered pasta. I often see other bloggers talk about how they grew up eating it when their mom didnâ€™t feel like cooking or didnâ€™t have time to get to the grocery store but growing up, we were more of a breakfast for dinner kind of family. So the idea of pasta with butter on it? It kind of grosses me out. In an effort to be more adventurous, I went ahead with the recipe.
It turned out really well! Itâ€™s not something that my husband or either of my kids would eat but it was a nice, quick lunch for me. I think it needs more nuts and fruit than the recipe calls for but if youâ€™re into the buttered pasta thing, youâ€™d probably love it just as it is. The figs are amazing, beyond amazing in the butter and with the almonds (I used balsamic almonds instead of plain). I added a large pinch of sea salt to the butter as it was browning and the saltiness with the sweet was perfect.
If youâ€™re interested in cooking and baking youâ€™re way through Around My French Table, make sure you visit French Fridays with Dorie. If you’re looking for the recipe, it can be found in Around My French Table.