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Pancetta, Eggs,& Cheese on a Bagel-Breakfast of Champions! Episode 60

By Patrick

So I figured it was time to start eating better so I make this healthy breakfast with a whole wheat bagel and parsley! I can feel the fat melting off me or am I sweating? Regardless when the word fitness and healthy cooking are mention this is the first meal that pops into my mind- So sit back and enjoy and perhaps go pick up some pancetta and make this elegant breakfast this weekend!

Oh and I apoloize for the really poor camera work in this episode- I believe this will win the award for the worst shot episode-it was really spur of the moment and the five seconds it would have taken me to set up the tripod just seemed too long.

Here is a little Wiki for you!

Italian pancetta (Italian pronunciation: [panˈtʃetta]) is a type of dry cured meat. It is pork belly that has been salt cured and spiced (nutmeg, pepper, fennel, dried ground hot peppers and garlic are often featured), and dried for about three months (but usually not smoked). There are many varieties, and in Italy each region produces its own type. In Corsica it is considered a regional flavour.

Pancetta can be rolled (see photograph), or straight (with all the fat on one side). The straight variety is more common in Italy and Spain than elsewhere, especially where home-made pancetta is still produced.

Pizza prepared with sliced rolled pancettaWhen served on its own, the rolled pancetta is presented in very thin slices. More often it is used to flavour other dishes, especially pasta sauces. Recipes such as all’amatriciana often contain pancetta as a substitute for guanciale, which is much more difficult to find outside of Italy.

In Croatia, panceta is cooked with sarma and punjena paprika, a traditional dish. In Spain, medium to long and relatively thick portions are also served as a side dish, usually fried in olive oil or its own fat. Fried eggs with chorizo and pancetta is considered a popular hearty breakfast in some rural parts of the country. In the United Kingdom, Pancetta is more commonly sold as packs of cubed belly (rather than rolled). It has recently gained in popularity in both the UK and US, to the point where it is now frequently available in supermarkets. In French cuisine, pancetta is sometimes used for larding.

  • castello

    That little guy doesn’t know he saved you from another heart attack.
    Quite possibly the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever seen. My friend just brought over a massive Jack in the rack ultimate breakfast sandwich and I thought it was big. It had some mytery meat on it, probly like taylor ham, fakey cheese and a sesame seed bun. Yours was even bigger and healthier.

  • mrzitro

    My wife thinks I’m a freak for frying my eggs in bacon grease; but alas I’m not the only one. Thank God!
    Let’s pretend that I don’t eat this sandwich during normal breakfast hours, more like a lunch. What wine would you pair with it?

  • art coffey

    love the episode…40-50 lbs overweight…you need that size…you just might have to play offensive line when the Jints call you up…

  • castello

    I’d go with an ice cold bubbly and call it brunch. Put some berries in it and call it a fruit salad.

  • zonk59

    No salt!…

    You really are becoming health conscious, What’s next Turkey Panchetta, with egg whites, and green tea?

  • zonk59

    Sounds like you are talking about your BMI.

    Check out this site, for their take on BMI.

  • TimF

    Dude, if you make it to 50 I’ll be surprised. Wow. You make me look like a healthy eater.