Thursday, October 04, 2007

Ricotta Pancakes with Pancetta, Peas and Corn

From Every Day with Rachael Ray June/July 2007

5 ounces thick sliced pancetta or bacon, cut into small pieces
1/2 pound fresh green peas, shelled (1/2 cup)
1/2 C fresh corn kernels
1 Tbsp butter, plus more for frying
Juice of 1 lemon
1 C ricotta cheese
1 C plain whole milk yogurt, preferably Greek
2 large eggs
1/2 C flour

In a large skillet, cook the pancetta over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to paper towels to drain; reserve the skillet.
In the skillet, stir together the peas and corn and 1 tablespoon butter and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Keep warm.
In a large bowl, using a fork, mix together the ricotta, yogurt, eggs and 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth. Stir in the flour until blended.
In a large nonstick skillet or on a griddle, melt 1/2 tablespoon butter. Ladle about 3 tablespoons batter into the skillet for each pancake, spacing evenly. Fry until the bottom is golden, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the other side, 1-2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve 2 pancakes per person with the pancetta-vegetable mixture.

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