Yay! Here it is! My first ever finished batch of pancetta! I put ground black pepper and bay leaf in the middle and then rolled it up.
People who make pancetta are probably thinking - that is a tiny roll. You are correct. After struggling to roll the darn thing up, I gave up, cut it in half and did two mini-rolls. What can I say I have very small hands and they are a bit weak.
This is just a small segment of it. There were three pounds in total. I just forgot to take a picture before chopping it up and freezing it in smaller amounts.
I am enjoying my pancetta tremendously. Mostly I am cubing it and using it to flavour braised greens and brussel sprouts - that's my dish of the moment. I'm also slicing it thinly though and eating it on sandwiches. It's just so sweet and spicy and delicious. I love the addition of the bay leaf. Yummy and might I add a great gift for the holiday season.