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Jan 6, 2009 08:00 AM

"Kashering" Italian Recipes

I'd be interested in what people substitute in Italian recipes for pancetta. Many of us will have nothing to compare it to, but may have lots of experience otherwise.

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  1. I haven't tried it yet, but in Ellie Kreigers new book she has a recipe for Smoked Turkey Wrapped Asparagus.

    I think this type of recipe usually uses bacon or pancetta. You may want to try it. You can read the great reviews it got on the following web page.

    You can also try going to the deli or butcher and purchasing Kosher Beef Fry.

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    1. re: sig

      Smoked turkey or beef-fry is good when making a meat recipe.

      Sauteeing up some kalamata or similar olives is good when doing dairy.
      You remove the olives and leave the salty/flavorful oil.

      1. re: sig

        I've made this a few times and it always comes out really good. I've also wrapped the asparagus with pastrami.

      2. Litelife's soy "Smart 'Bacon" is actually pretty close. And it's pareve (OK), so you won't have to work around a number of recipes that also require dairy.

        1. I just want to thank the original poster and everyone else. I have been wondering about this a lot lately and now have some good suggestions.

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          1. re: cappucino

            Pancetta is cured but not smoked, so it's generally frowned upon to "replace" it with something smoked.

            I don't know what's cured on the kosher market, though, aside from sausages and salamis.

          2. Thanks for all of the helpful suggestions and please keep them coming. And if GanEden is still posting I'd appreciate his thoughts as they are usually very helpful.

            1. I cook a lot of Italian and although I have eaten my share of treyf, I choose not to sub for the pancetta - I skip it. In soups I add parmesan rind which adds that je ne sais quoi. In meat dishes sometimes I use kosher sausage or beef fry. Occasionally I heat a pan over high heat, add olive oil and just as it begins to smoke add a meaty mushroom variety. The mushrooms fry up crispy and when salted are lovely. Although none of these are a sub for pancetta, they add a little extra oomph and that fifth taste sensation - umami.

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