I recently had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Giada De Laurentiis. Yes, she’s as gorgeous as you think she is. And, yes, she’s a killer cook. Who else could come up with the brilliance that is Pancetta and Cinnamon Waffles? (Hello Christmas breakfast!)
More than that, Giada is a thoughtful cook, and that’s clear in everything that she does. On a mission to offer quality, well designed cookware at affordable prices, Giada has created a line of pots, pans, bakeware, tools, accessories and appliances with Target.
As you’d expect from this pairing, everything is sleek, pretty and smart. Appliance engines come from the same manufacturer as engines for Cuisinart products, handles are made with divets to provide good grip and, most exciting, the cookware is designed with women’s smaller hands in mind. Because Giada knows that most (not all!) home cooks are women working with cookware designed with male cooks in mind. Not anymore!
Giada’s food line is equally impressive. The pesto was shockingly tasty (and made with cashews because, according to Giada, the pine nuts took on a sharp flavor when jarred). And her tomato sauce… I’m pretty seriously anti-jar tomato sauce. I always keep one jar of one brand in the house for “emergencies,” and let’s just say that I pay a pretty penny for the stuff. But, of all things, Giada’s jarred sauce, which will retail for $2.99, was really good! And it uses fresh tomato, something unheard of in jarred sauce land. I guess when you’ve got to earn approval from a big Italian family who takes home cooking very seriously, you get it right.
You can check out what’s currently available of the Giada De Laurentiis for Target line. Or you can go directly to win your very own piece! That’s right. I fell so completely in love with the ceramic 2QT baker that Giada gave me, I decided that you need one, too.
Look at how pretty with a pure white inside and off white outside. Classic! And perfect for going from oven to table.
Enter to win yours now!
As a bonus, Giada has kindly shared her killer holiday app recipe for Cheese Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto AND figured out what you need to eat on Christmas morning. And maybe every weekend morning after that…
Pancetta and Cinnamon Waffles
recipe by Giada De Laurentiis
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 lg eggs
1/2 c pure maple syrup, warm
3 c Belgian waffle mix
1/3 c vegetable oil, plus more for the waffle iron
3 (4-ounces) slices of pancetta, each about 1/4″ thick, diced into 1/4″ pieces
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread walnuts in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet, Bake for 10-12 minutes, until toasted and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
2. Preheat and lightly grease waffle iron. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and cook until brown and crispy, 3-5 min. Transfer pancetta to a paper towel-lined plate to cool.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the waffle mix, eggs, vegetable oil, 1 1/2 cup water, cinnamon and salt. Using a whisk, blend ingredients together until smooth. Stir in pancetta.
4. Pour batter, using the amount recommended by the waffle iron manufacturer’s instructions, into the preheated waffle iron. Cook waffles for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Place waffles onto serving plates. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and drizzle with maple syrup. Serve immediately.