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What can I do with pancetta?

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notso Thu 20-Jun-13 14:30:47

Got a bargain, 1.5kg of pancetta for £6.

Only now DH is mocking me because I don't know what to do with it.

So what do you do with it?

flatpackhamster Thu 20-Jun-13 14:34:25

That is a bargain. It'll freeze fine, it's just bacon, so take a bit out of the freezer as and when you need it. A few tossed in to bolognese (at the point you're frying the onion and before your beef mince goes in), some fried on a salad with croutons, a few fried in oil with garlic and mixed in to a potato salad. Add some to a pizza (bought or home-made).

notso Thu 20-Jun-13 14:38:15

Thanks flatpackhamster

If I freeze it raw can I then refreeze it cooked in something?

I think I'll freeze some in lardons and some in bigger pieces to slice up.

pookamoo Thu 20-Jun-13 14:39:40

I thought the thread title said "placenta"...

wallpaperaddict Thu 20-Jun-13 14:40:43

Use it in place of bacon in a quiche or frittata, I use it to make leek and pancetta pasta sauce, literally fry of pancetta until crispy,soften leek, splash of stock, splash of cream and lots of black pepper. Yum! It works nicely with sweet potato too-roasted together with red onion as an accompaniment.

flatpackhamster Thu 20-Jun-13 14:41:21

Should be fine refrozen if cooked in something, so long as it's reheated at a high enough temperature for long enough. Say you froze some bolognese sauce, to reheat it I would have it at a lively boil for 15-20 minutes. You can do it from frozen if you have to, but the important thing is that the whole thing is hot through and also hot through for long enough to break down the cell walls of any bacteria which have formed.

flatpackhamster Thu 20-Jun-13 14:42:04

That pasta sauce sounds really good wallpaperaddict, I will have to try that.

notso Thu 20-Jun-13 14:45:10

<<snort>> pookamoo Obvs you fry that up and eat it with a naice Chianti!

Wallpaper that pasta recipe sounds delicious thanks.

Thank you again flatpack am loving the term lively boil!

wallpaperaddict Thu 20-Jun-13 14:46:01

It is really really tasty! It works well with mushrooms too! Literally takes as long as it is to boil dried pasta so a great quick meal!

ChubbyKitty Thu 20-Jun-13 14:53:22

Where did you get a bargain like that?grin

I use it in mac and cheese. It's terribly unhealthy the way I make it but I only eat it on days when I don't care.

EMUZ Thu 20-Jun-13 14:55:11

I use it for carbonara, or chuck some in scrambled eggs or in a cheese sauce for pasta

pookamoo Thu 20-Jun-13 14:56:49

I dunno, placenta carbonara has a ring to it...

notso Thu 20-Jun-13 14:59:10

Mmmmm Macaroni cheese with pancetta, DD and I will enjoy that. DH and the three boys don't like it fools.

It was whoopsed in Morrisons from the deli counter and I have a 10% off card.
I get lot's of Deli bargains from there, it's the possibly only perk from living in an uncosmopolitan town!

Tiredtrout Thu 20-Jun-13 15:00:16

In a risotto with butternut squash and thyme or pea and mint. Or in a beef casserole, or with pasta in a Gorgonzola sauce

notso Thu 20-Jun-13 15:06:01

Yum to all those Tiredtrout

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Thu 20-Jun-13 15:07:15

Whatever you would do with bacon. That's all it is. Just in chunks.

Carbonara a big fave here, as is Amatriciana.

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Thu 20-Jun-13 15:07:36

I am salivating at the idea of a gorgonzola sauce with it in now. grin

ShoeWhore Thu 20-Jun-13 15:09:41

Well done OP, nearly everything tastes better with a bit of pancetta grin

we use it for carbonara, bolognese, minestrone... loads of options!

notso Thu 20-Jun-13 15:10:59

I think that's my problem Birds the only thing I do with bacon is scoff it in a big, fat butty!

<<googles Amatricana>>

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Thu 20-Jun-13 15:23:18

Tomato sauce with a bit of hot chili chucked in basically. It's my fave pasta sauce really. And v quick.

Xiaoxiong Thu 20-Jun-13 17:09:14

I often cba with carbonara so I just fry pancetta (or prosciutto if that's what I've got in the house) in the same weight of butter (eg. 50g pancetta in 50g butter grin), then tossed with semi-drained pasta and a big heap of parmesan cheese. Only semi-drained so there's some pasta water - that makes it all go silky and lovely.

ChubbyKitty Thu 20-Jun-13 23:39:40

Ahhh morrisons. My little safe haven in a busy day to day life.

I have dps staff discount card which makes it a very reasonable safe haven.

Am I sad?

I am searching the whoops sections tomorrow night.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 20-Jun-13 23:44:56

Gorgeous inn a quiche with creme fraiche and gruyere cheese. Mmmm...

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