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Oct 5, 2013 03:40 AM

French equivalent to bacon?

For cooking in France is pancetta or jambon cru the closest to bacon?

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  1. For some strange reason I thought you could get bacon in French supermarkets. If not does the Marks & Spencer food section in Paris sell English bacon?

    1. poitrine fumé - smoked bacon.
      lard salé - salted bacon.

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      1. re: vielleanglaise

        If l would smuggle one thing to the States, it would not be drugs, it would not be diamonds, it would be poitrine fume, double smoked and double salted, it is my fav bacon on earth.

      2. No, it's lardons!

        Smoked or not, it's small pieces of thick-cut bacon.

        Good stuff, and I'd be right there with Deluca, smuggling my suitcase full of lardons. Love, love, love the convenience of having a package of *good* bacon all cut up and ready to use.

        For American-style crispy bacon, you can buy it in larger supermarkets - Lidl carries a particularly good version.

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        1. re: sunshine842

          However, l cut my own lardons from a chunk of poitrine fume

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            If you have the time and aren't a working mom with starving teenagers, that works well, too.

            The rest of us are quite happy to tear the lid off the package.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Why, you don't cut your own lardons from the pig itself? I'm so disappointed.

              1. re: Ptipois

                It reminds me of a recipe from an exotic dish cook book my father in law would read aloud about bear's paw cooked in mud -
                "First find and kill a bear" or something like that.

                1. re: John Talbott

                  I don't like bear paw cooked in mud. I think the paw makes the mud taste weird.

              2. re: Delucacheesemonger

                I do to, but only because they don't carry lardons "fermiers" at my local supermarket anymore, and I can't be sure if the pig was raised in a cage or free range when I buy "regular" lardons...

                So I buy a thick cut poitrine fumée de porc élevé en plein air, and cut my lardons myself. It's really done in 30 seconds tops, I'm pretty sure even a working mom with starving teenagers can manage that ! ;)

                1. re: Rio Yeti

                  not in quantities sufficient to feed starving teenagers.

                  Herta works for me.

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    Will not argue as this is totally outside of my personal knowledge ;)

            2. Wow, reminds me of Frisee salad! (MUST have lardons!)

              1. None of the above. when forced to return to the US, one of the few things i return with (besides Planter's Peanuts) is Niman ranch bacon.

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                1. re: John Talbott

                  oh, the Menguy's folks are crushed! :)