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Friday, March 11, 2011

FFwD: I Dreamed a Dream of Beggar's Linguine


This week's assigned dish for French Friday's with Dorie was entitled "Beggar's Linguine."  I, and it seems many others, were a little apprehensive of this dish since its pasta tossed in a butter sauce with nuts, figs, and raisins. Sounds strange, right?  Not by any planning, but only because I procrastinate, I did not make the pasta until last night when, it just so happens, my husband and I were watching the 25th Anniversary of Les Miserables Concert at the O2 in London on PBS.  It was definitely a fitting backdrop in which to make "Beggar's Linguine" and how can you not be inspired to whip up some French dishes with that masterpiece playing in the background?  I highly recommend catching a re-showing when you can.

Anyway, for the pasta, you brown the butter and saute pistachios and almonds, and oh, they make your house smell so nice!  The recipe calls for dried mission figs and golden raisins that you then simmer in the butter.  I thought I was going to have a hard time finding mission figs at my grocery store but found ONE bag hiding in the dried fruit section.  Whew! They were on sale too!  Finally, you toss the cooked pasta in this delicious buttery and slightly sweet sauce.  Then you top with freshly grated Parmesan.  Dorie says to toss with some orange zest but I omitted that and opted instead to just top with some chopped chives (she said to use chives or parsley).  I loved the chives though.  I wouldn't have thought of that for a garnish but there was something about the buttery sauce, the sweetness of the fruit, the roasted nuts, and the tang from the chives that brought the whole dish together.

My husband and I both really enjoyed this pasta and were sampling it by the time the Thenardier's were crashing Cossette's wedding. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this recipe and again, had it not been for being in French Friday's with Dorie, I would never have tried this.  Its so much fun to discover these new and delicious flavors and find out just how much you enjoy them! To see some of the other's experiences with "Beggar's Linguine" head on over to the website here.

20 comments:

  1. What luck that you found the last bag of Mission figs! And, on sale! I love that PBS special, especially with Lea Salonga as Eponine. Great looking dish!

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  2. Glad this was a hit for you! I couldn't find those figs so ended up using Medjool dates, which was a nice touch.
    Love that serving dish - it's beautiful.

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  3. This looks delicious - I love your yellow dish.

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  4. You're right! A great accompaniment to Les Miserables.

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  5. 'Beggars at the Feast' with Beggar's Linguine... you couldn't have planned it better! I had seen some of the O2 concert in YouTube (including multiple viewings of the original cast reunion, the 4 Vajeans and anywhere that dreamy Enjolras showed up) and loved it. Next time I have to add some 'green stuff' to my dish. It definitely makes it pop!

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  6. Glad you enjoyed it! I thought the flavors were great.

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  7. How funny that you were watching Les Mis while you ate this! I love sweet and salty, so I was excited about this dish. I may add more cheese next time though, just to balance the sweet.

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  8. Les Mis was a great backdrop to this dish! I'm glad you liked it - we really did.

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  9. Oh how wonderful! I haven't seen that show or sung those songs in forever! What an absolutely delightful evening and an even more delightful post! Off to go find my cd of the soundtrack. I foresee much singing along in my future!

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  10. Les Mis one of my all time favorites! Sounds like a wonderful night…Great dinner and entertainment! Glad you enjoyed this dish.

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  11. How fun! And that pasta sounds deeelish. I've never heard of that combo of ingredients, but sounds soooo good. :)

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  12. Ryan, your pasta looks wonderful, and what a great pairing with Les Mis! I definitely need to make this one!

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  13. You perfectly matched the entertainment and the food. This really looks delicious. I love simple pastas and it looks like this one is perfect. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. This was such a great dish; I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. Les Mis...thanks for reminding me...I need to get back to some of my favorite things. And this pasta would be great to accompany such great entertainment. Thanks for the idea.

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  16. What a fun French night for you and your husband! Your dish looks wonderful.

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  17. Looks delicious! Strange ingredients to marry together as you mentioned, but sounds like it turned out perfect.

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  18. I'm shocked that your husband liked it - mine wouldn't have come near it! haha Your photos look delicious! :)

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  19. I'm so behind in the ffwd recipes and this one looks so interesting. Glad you found the figs and all worked out!

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  20. This looks delicious and, of course, I have Dorie's new book (who doesn't?). My husband and I watched that broadcast last weekend when it was on here. We had both seen Les Miserables on stage a few years back.

    I can't remember if you are near Richmond or Charlottesville. Both have Whole Foods. I got the meyer lemons at Whole Foods. Alas, no Krogers in our area. No Piggly-Wiggly either. That's where I shopped when we lived in Charleston, S.C.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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