Betcha wondering what on earth is in the photograph at the top of this post? It may look like something that was tossed out in the garbage pile in a back alley, but man, it tastes good.
This week's French Friday with Dorie recipe is Beggar's Linguine. "Mendiant" in French means "beggar"; however, it also the name given to a disk of chocolate studded with different fruit and nuts to represent the four monastic orders of Domincans, Augustinians, Franciscans and Carmelites. In this recipe, Dorie has taken the fruits and nuts from the mendiants and combined them with linguine instead of chocolate. The dish is comprised of linguine covered in a browned butter sauce featuring pistachios, almonds, figs and raisins, then spiced up with parmesan and orange zest.
Somehow, I imagined I bought squid ink linguine; however, when I went to make this dish, I realised that I had squid ink spaghetti. It was too late to go to the store, so I forged ahead with my spaghetti. In the end, I don't think it mattered - I loved the sweetness of the fruit against the nutty butter sauce and the crunch from the nuts. I also thought that the zest added just the right amount of kick to the flavour.
To see what the other FFwD members thought of this dish, visit this week's LYL section on the FFwD website.