There are a few forms of salumi that require nothing more than meat, salt, spices and time. Case in point is one of the simplest, and yet most delicious, meats you can make: Pancetta. Basically, it’s Italian bacon.
Veg*ns avert your eyes! On day four, we finally met our pig, and made it into salame, salsiccia, cotechino, pancetta, guanciale, strutto, ciccioli and fegatelli. And, I am confronted with a cosmic conundrum. (Warning: Graphic images of pig butchery.)
This wretched monstrosity is a Mosefund mangalitsa belly a day into its curing process. This was a bit of a process. I really wanted to find an outlet for all this lovely, fragrant oregano I have. I've just never seen it used much in curing.
The dinner blew my guests away. It also told a story. The photos made it, barely. And the charcutepalooza experience was an initiation ritual, taking me from mere observer into a new world of meaty knowledge and appreciation.
How to make fresh bacon! Then, how to make rouladen, which is a southern German recipe from my family. Delicious with egg noodles or spatezle, or even better, leftover on a sandwich made with garlicy bread and homemade kraut. Enjoy!