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.