Aux Delices des Bois Flat Herb Pancetta is similar to bacon, rolled and cured with bold, assertive seasonings like bay leaf and rosemary.
Ready to eat, fully cured Aux Delices des Bois Herb Pancetta (SOFI finalist Outstanding New Product 2011) can be thin sliced and eaten as is, without further cooking just like proscuitto.
Though often referred to as "Italian bacon," pancetta is much, much more. While it is similar in many ways, pancetta differs from American bacon, which is ususally smoked. Pancetta is unsmoked pork belly that is cured in a special blend of salt and spices, then air-dried at very cool temperatures for several months.
Pancetta contributes its distinctive cured pork flavor to many traditional Italian dishes, such as pastas, without adding the smokiness of American bacon. Aux Delices des Bois Herb Pancetta also makes a superb substitute for guanciale, the Italian cured pork jowl that is a traditional ingredient in many classic pasta dishes.