When I recently had dinner at Scarpetta, a top-rated Italian restaurant in NYC, I discovered how pancetta or Italian bacon can be versatile. The restaurant has several dishes that use pancetta as the main ingredient. I am used to seeing it in burgers and pasta, but not in other foods. With that, in the rest of this post, I will give you a quick rundown on some of the best ways to use pancetta in a dish.
Stuffed Chicken Breast Wrapped in Pancetta
In less than 30 minutes, you can make this main course, which will surely be as tasty as what you can order in some of the best restaurants in Nomad. It will make a healthy home-cooked meal since it uses chicken breast. You can choose the fillings based on what you prefer. Blue cheese and cranberry will be good if you want to make it healthy. Wrap the chicken in pancetta before baking to fully maximize the flavor of the cured bacon.
Poached Eggs, Pancetta and Spinach Toast
If you are looking for healthy and tasty recipes that you can prepare using pancetta, this is one that should be on the top of the list. It gives the toast a twist, making it a more exciting meal to have to start your day. Brush the bread with olive oil, put the pancetta on the top, add spinach, and top it off with a fried egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Grilled Pancetta Wrapped Asparagus
For all of you who love asparagus, this is a simple recipe that will elevate its flavor and make the vegetable more mouthwatering. For people who hate asparagus, adding pancetta is a great way to love it. The thin slices of pancetta will add saltiness to the asparagus, which will also improve the texture in every bite.
Pea Soup with Pancetta
You can also use pancetta in making a soup. For this recipe, the first thing that you have to do is to put a chicken stock in a saucepan and wait until it simmers. Add the peas and wait until it becomes soft. Add salt and tarragon. Transfer it in a food processor and blend until the desired consistency is reached. Heat the pancetta until it is crispy on the outside. Put the soup in a pan on low heat and place the pancetta on the top. Mix, serve, and enjoy the soup while it is still hot.
Clam Toast with Pancetta
If you like seafood, this recipe will be great to incorporate meat into your food. Shellfish and pork, when mixed together, will surely lead to an explosion of flavors in your mouth. They are perfectly-balanced. It gives the clams a salty-sweet flavor. Add lots of onions, garlic, and lemon zest for the flavor to come out of the dish.
Long live pancetta! Take note of the tips that have been mentioned above and use bacon to spice up your food in more ways than one!