Artichoke and Pancetta Farrotto with Lemon Zest Thyme Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


10 baby artichokes
Juice of 3 lemons
½ cup pancetta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup white wine
2-3 cups farro, cooked
½ cup parmesan
Lemon Zest Thyme Butter (Recipe Follows)


In a large bowl of ice water, add the juice of 2 lemons. Trim the baby artichokes by cutting off the stems and top quarter, remove the outer layer leaves until you are at the pale yellowish-colored leaves. Cut the baby artichoke in quarters and place immediately in the cold ice water. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and place the baby artichokes in the boiling water (straight from the ice water, we are avoiding oxidization or browning by using the lemon ice bath first). Cook the baby artichokes until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a large sauté pan cook the pancetta until crispy, remove and set aside. Add the oil, garlic and onion and cook until caramelization process begins or about 7 minutes. Add the lemon zest and the baby artichokes and sauté a few minutes (about 3 minutes total), then add the wine and cook a few minutes longer. Add the cooked farro and stir well, making sure that the farro is heated all the way through. Remove from heat and mix in the parmesan. Seasonn with salt and pepper and serve with a tablespoon of the lemon zest-thyme butter atop.

Lemon Zest-Thyme Butter

Makes ½ cup butter


13 cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 medium yellow onion
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt


In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Artichoke Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


1 quart chicken stock
3 ounces pancetta, cut into ¼ inch dice
1 teaspoon olive oil
â…“ cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup Arborio rice
¼ tablespoons white wine
1 cup peas (thawed if frozen)
1 recipe baby artichokes in lemon vinaigrette, drained and thinly sliced
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon chopped mint


Bring the stock to a gentle simmer in a sauce pan.

In another sauce pan, combine pancetta and olive oil and sauté over medium until crisp. With a slotted spoon transfer the pancetta to a paper towel line plate. Add the onion and sauté 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer.

Add the rice and cook stirring for 3 minutes until opaque. Add the wine and cook until the rice has absorbed it, 1-2 minutes.

Add ½ cup stock to the rice and stir until it is absorbed, continue adding stock a ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly, until ¾ quarters of it has been absorbed by the rice.

Add the peas and pancetta, and artichokes. Continue cooking until all of the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Stir in the butter and parmesan cheese, season with fresh ground black pepper. Stir in the parsley and mint and serve at once.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Rigatoni Amatriciana

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


4 ounces Pancetta, cubed
1 yellow onion, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
Salt and pepper
1 (28 ounce) can of Italian peeled tomatoes, crushed with hands
1 pound rigatoni, cooked
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese, for garnish


In a large sauté pan, add cubed pancetta slices in a single layer and cook over medium-low heat until most of the fat has been rendered from the meat, turning occasionally. Remove the meat to a plate lined with paper towels and discard half the fat, leaving a little fat. Increase the heat to medium and add sliced onions, cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, 5 minutes. Next, add garlic and red chili flakes and cook 2 minutes more. Return the pancetta to the pan, and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the onions, garlic and pancetta are light golden brown. Season with salt and pepper, add then add the tomatoes, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce has begun to thicken. Add cooked rigatoni to pan and coat pasta in sauce. Add parsley and serve with Pecorino cheese.

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