15 Times Pancetta Made Brunch Better
Brunch is always better when there's a little cured meat involved, but Italian pancetta really ups the ante on your meal. You can use it in your favorite bacon recipes, but just know that pancetta has a clean pork flavor that's a little subtler than the smokey taste of bacon. It also works surprisingly well with fruit and other sweet elements because its salty flavor adds balance to your plate. Crisp it up and use as a garnish, or go whole-hog and wrap it around your favorite foods. Once you taste these 15 brunch recipes that use pancetta, you'll want to include it in everything you eat.
Spicy Egg Breakfast With Smashed Beans and Pancetta: Protein fiends will go wild for this skillet breakfast. It's loaded with eggs, pancetta, and smashed white beans, then freshened up with a handful of chopped parsley. (via Kitchen Sanctuary)
Caramelized Onion, Pancetta, and Fig Scones: It's lovely to offer a tray of savory scones to guests who don't have much of a sweet tooth. Made with caramelized onion, pancetta, and figs, these wouldn't be too shabby served with a schmear of Brie. (via Analida's Ethnic Spoon)
Crispy Pancetta Guava Grilled Cheese: The words "grilled cheese for breakfast" definitely make us want to get out of bed in the morning. Melted cheese, crispy pancetta, and tropical guava are miles above the American cheese singles you grew up with. (via Garlic & Zest)
Honey Ricotta Peach Crostini: Crunchy toasted bread topped with creamy ricotta is a great base for a lot of toppings. Juicy peaches, crispy pancetta, and a balsamic drizzle turn that simple toast into something totally dynamic. (via The Suburban Soapbox)
Italian Style Egg Muffins: Muffins made from eggs are an easy dish to prepare for brunch. You can even customize the mixture in each muffin tin to make sure everyone gets toppings they like. (via Philoso Kitchen)
Overnight Breakfast Bake: Breakfast bakes don't have to be boring. Adding dried cherries and pancetta livens up the flavor, and arugula adds a bit of freshness to keep things from tasting too heavy. (via Caroline's Cooking)
Skillet Strata: Eggs get super fluffy when baked in the oven with plenty of heavy cream. To make it a really indulgent mid-morning meal, a generous amount of Gruyère and goat cheese are used too. (via Many Kitchens)
Pancetta-Wrapped Asparagus and Hollandaise: For low-carb diners, this elegant dish will hit the spot. Tender stalks of asparagus are wrapped in salty prosciutto, then drizzled in a silky, rich hollandaise sauce. (via Beyond the Bayou)
Croissant Breakfast Extravaganza: Toasted croissants make this breakfast bake even more indulgent than usual. To make it easy, pour the custard on the night before, and pop in the oven when you wake up in the morning. (via Dishes Delish)
Pan-Seared Peaches With Pancetta: Cool and creamy goat cheese makes a tastebud-tingling contrast with caramelized peaches in this free-form dish. Balsamic glaze, fragrant basil, and crumbled crispy pancetta round out your plate. (via Mighty Delicious)
Brussels Sprouts Salad With Pancetta: Bitter green Brussels sprouts are tamed when shaved and paired with pancetta and tasty Gorgonzola cheese to make this salad. Walnuts and hard-boiled eggs give this recipe a substantial dose of protein too, so you'll have enough energy to stay awake after your second mimosa. (via Well Seasoned)
Pear and Pancetta Hand Pies With Sunflower Seeds: There's a secret to making your pear and apple tarts stand out from the crowd. First, poach fruit in a spiced elderflower syrup; then, add some crispy pancetta to the fruit mixture to introduce a salty counterpoint to each bite. (via Rhubarb & Cod)
Pancetta Sweet Potato Cakes: Sweet potatoes and pancetta are made into fluffy cakes in this scrumptious recipe. Drizzle them with tangy sour cream for contrast. (via Proper Foodie)
Pancetta, Cranberry, Apple Bread Pudding: Savory bread pudding is a hearty way to start your day. The bottom layer has a custard texture, while the top is crispy and delicious. (via Cozy Eats)
Shaved Asparagus Brunch Salad: If the thought of eating salad for brunch bums you out, fear not! Topped with a poached egg, crisped pancetta, and a side of buttered toast, this asparagus option will keep you satisfied. (via Cravings and Crumbs)
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Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.