Ingredients

Pancetta (italian bacon)

Pancetta, which is sold rolled up into a fat cylinder, is the Italian equivalent of bacon, though it is cured but usually not smoked. At its simplest, pancetta is cured with salt and pepper; some types are prepared with cinnamon, cloves, and other local spices. It is leaner and saltier than bacon, with a chewy texture because it is uncooked. Smoked pancetta, best when smoked over oak or beech wood, is similar to American bacon.

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