Crispy Pancetta Niçoise Recipe | Abel & Cole
Crispy Pancetta Niçoise
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
This is our Jassy's twist on niçoise.You'll say yesoise to this dish of organic French beans with the traditional tuna swapped for some marvellous organic pancetta.
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620 kcal
(per portion)
Ingredients you'll need
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g cocktail vine tomatoes
  • 500g new potatoes
  • 200g French beans
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 50g watercress
  • 80g black olives
  • 70g pancetta
From your kitchen
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Bring a small pan of water to the boil. Add the eggs. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 6 mins. Lift the eggs out and pop them in a bowl of cold water to cool.

  • 2.

    Heat the grill to a medium high setting. Tumble the cherry tomatoes onto a baking tray. Slide under the grill and cook for 5 mins till the skins are beginning to burst open.

  • 3.

    While the tomatoes and eggs cook, bring a larger pan of water to the boil. Scrub the potatoes and chop them into equal-sized chunks. Add to the boiling water. Simmer for 7 mins.

  • 4.

    Trim the French beans. Add them to the potatoes. Simmer for another 3 mins till the beans are just tender and the potatoes are cooked through. Drain them.

  • 5.

    Peel and grate the garlic. Juice the lemon. Whisk half of the juice with 1 tbsp Dijon mustard and the garlic. Whisk with 2 tbsp olive oil and some salt and pepper to make a mustardy dressing. Put to one side.

  • 6.

    Pick any large sprigs out of the watercress. Arrange the watercress, grilled tomatoes, potatoes and French beans on a platter or two plates. Scatter over the black olives. Drizzle over any juices from the tomatoes.

  • 7.

    Peel and halve the eggs, then add them to the salad. Warm 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan. Add the pancetta. Fry for 2-3 mins till the pancetta is crisp.

  • 8.

    Lift the pancetta out of the pan. Cut into shards. Pop on top of the salad. Spoon over the dressing and serve straight away.

  • Tip

    Egg-cellent timing
    Simmering the eggs for 6 mins should give you an egg that’s still soft in the middle. For a firmer yolk, simmer for 8-10 mins.