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Jul 30, 2009 10:19 AM

Diced pancetta?

Got a 4-oz package from Trader Joe's -- what are your favorite ways of using this?

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  1. Supermarkets also sell that same package (Citterio). It freezes well. I usually sautee an ounce of it per person, adding to the pan onions, garlic, oil, whatever vegetable is handy, and some milk or cream, then toss it with pasta and some parmesan.

    My other main use is again sauteed with onion and garlic, then adding chard or other greens, a little chicken broth and balsamic, and braising the greens till tender.

    1. There are many pasta recipes that use diced pancetta. Also soups

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      1. re: PAO

        I was thinking the dice is too small for a carbonara, then my brain froze.

        1. re: Sarah

          No, I have used it for a carbonara before and it's fine. And it does freeze well. I've also used it in egg dishes or sauteed and sprinkled over salads.

      2. I use it the same way I use lardons - in pastas (top with sauteed pancetta after tossing pasta in whatever sauce to prevent it from getting soggy), pizzas, salads, egg dishes, roasted with veggies (broccoli, Brussels srouts, zucchini come to mind)... Or just eat them for a snack.

        1. Saute with chicken to give the chicken a smokey flavor.

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          1. re: normalheightsfoodie

            pancetta, generally, is not smoked.

            but with all its flavor, i don't miss it.

          2. I find it perfect for carbonara. It's also a great flavor layer for bolognese sauce. I also saute it with wild mushrooms when I have them, for linguini or tagliatelle or risotto. Excellent, too, sauteed with a little onion and then tossed with peas, for a good side dish (or add cream and parmesan and use it for yet another pasta dish). Good sauteed with shrimp. Added to the pan in which you cook a pot roast. Tossed into a german-style potato salad. Possibilities really are endless.