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Old 12-04-2006, 01:58 PM   #1
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Ideas for pancetta

I was at the store recently and though I didn't have any plans for it, I don't usually see it around here so I picked some up.

Any ideas of what I could do with it, any recipes? I'm sure I could use in a sauce or something, but it on a sandwich. Do I cook it or use as is?

Any suggestions are welcome.

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Old 12-04-2006, 02:12 PM   #2
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I was at the store recently and though I didn't have any plans for it, I don't usually see it around here so I picked some up.

Any ideas of what I could do with it, any recipes? I'm sure I could use in a sauce or something, but it on a sandwich. Do I cook it or use as is?

Any suggestions are welcome.
You will need to cook the pancetta. Try a BLT using pancetta instead of our smokey bacon..Wonderful.
I sometimes buy it in a chunk instead of thin slices, cut it into cubes, fry to crisp and blend it into polenta along with parmesan,any white cheese that melts well ( not cheddar tho) some butter,salt and pepper. Or take those same cubes of crisp pancetta and toss them into a salad.. I also add pancetta to some of my pasta sauces. Hope this will help a little.

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Old 12-04-2006, 02:15 PM   #3
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A well known chef is doing an advert or a UK supermarket at the moment, with a recipe I have given to DH to adapt as its simple but gorgeous after work, here is our version:

Cubed pumpkin/squash (he is using kabocha), strips of pancetta, whole peeled chestnuts, a little evoo, and sage, all tossed in evoo and roasted. Near the end he puts a little Gorgonzola in to just melt over some of it and he is having this twice a week at the moment...
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Old 12-04-2006, 02:16 PM   #4
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if it`s Very thinly sliced, then if you get some Chicken or even turkey breast and cut that into strips about 1.5cms around, get a chili pepper like Jalapeno and cut that into strips too.
then lay the peper strip ontop of the poulty strip and wrap in the pancetta slice and pin it with a toothpick.

lightly oil a baking tray with olive oil and arrange them on there so that they fit nicely with even spacing.
and then cook for 15-20 mins on medium to high heat (depending on the ovens efficiency).

these are nice served with a salad or even a simple dip, but please take the toothpicks out 1`st :P
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Old 12-04-2006, 02:55 PM   #5
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I use it as a fat source and flavor enhancer for tomato sauce, soups, stews, etc.
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Old 12-04-2006, 03:10 PM   #6
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Funny you should mention it -- we're just about to eat some!

We use pancetta (and other fat-streaked pork like from the neck area) in what we call a 'lemonato' which pretty obviously means lemon cooking.

We brown the pork in some olive oil and then pour over it the juice of a couple of lemons and a bit of water, salt, and plenty of coarsely-ground black pepper (and/or whole peppercorns). Cover and let simmer on a fairly low heat for 30 or 40 minutes, topping up the liquid as needed (with more water).

The result is just meltingly tender with a wonderful, wonderful flavor. Very simple and a great favorite of everyone in the family.
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Old 12-04-2006, 07:20 PM   #7
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Take thin strips of pancetta, dates and Stilton.
Remove the pit from the date, stuff with Stilton, wrap with pancetta, bake in the oven 10 - 15 minutes until crispy. Mmmm..
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Old 12-04-2006, 10:18 PM   #8
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gotta have it for spaghetti ala carbonara
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Render fat of pancetta and add the bits when making bolognese sauce for spaghetti or lasagna.
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it`s also nice wrapped around Asparagus spears too, I seem to rem a Jamie Oliver recipe that did exactly that.
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