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Peppered Pancetta Pralines for Salad Topping

YIELD: 25 servings

40 oz. pancetta, diced
1/4" 5 oz. brown sugar
2 Tbsps. ground black pepper
2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup light corn syrup

  1. Render pancetta pieces on low heat until half cooked. Add the brown sugar and pepper; cook slowly, stirring often.
  2. Add syrup and cook until caramelized. Strain the mixture and pour out on a sheet pan. Let cool and break apart; serve.

Recipe from Richard VanRossum, Executive Chef, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR.

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