Monday, 10 June 2013

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad


We spent yesterday doing all the things we love. We strolled around the market, had a yummy lunch, went to see a movie, ate ice cream in the middle of the afternoon, browsed bookshops and bought books, ate a delicious dinner and came home and collapsed on the sofa. 

Mental note: We need to do this more often.

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad
slightly from Food Network
Serves 4

For the Salad:
1 bulb fennel, halved and cored and cut into 5mm slices
100g pancetta cut into small dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 head of frisee

For the Red Wine Vinaigrette:
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
A pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Make the Salad:
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.

In a medium bowl, toss together fennel, pancetta, garlic, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the ingredients on the baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until the pancetta is crisp and the fennel is caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, place the frisee, pancetta, and caramelized fennel. Toss the salad with the Red Wine Vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Make the Vinaigrette: 
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until emulsified.


  1. I just love this kind of days when you do the things you love the most with the people you love the most :) Your salad is really different from what I'm used to, I love it Jen, it looks delicious! :)

  2. Little Kitchie10 June 2013 at 22:06

    You had me at pancetta.

  3. I truly wish I lived close enough to shop at a market like that. We're 2 to 2 1/2 hours away from Boston and New York City. Funny I was going to originally say what Little Kitchie said! Love fennel roasted and frisee is a wonderful green which I don't eat often enough.

  4. Those are absolutely the best days. Gorgeous market photos, reminds my of our lovely Pike Place Market here and that I definitely need to get myself there soon.
    Beautiful salad. Love, love pancetta.. and fennel..

  5. Thanks Gabrielle. I live for days like this (Oh, and all the other days where I get to cook for the ones I love.)

  6. Hey Little Kitchie - I think we're twins.

  7. Hey Patty. We have the best Market... so lucky. The combination of frisee and caramelized pancetta and fennel so works.

  8. Hey Pink Patisserie. They are indeed, The Best.

    I've been to your amazing Pike Place Market - it's another one of my favourites. (I have a "thing" for markets.)I love the guys at the fish stall who put on a show by throwing the fish around - that and great produce are what I love about market shopping.