This pancetta jam crostini with mascarpone cheese and pickled red onions has crispy and creamy and sweet, savory, salty, and sour all packed into one bite. Another one you can find all ingredients for at Trader Joe’s. Or any major supermarket…if you’re into that kind of thing.
8 oz pancetta, cubed small
3 shallots, minced
1 C balsamic vinegar
3 T brown sugar
Salt to taste (if necessary)
Sauté the pancetta in a dry pan over medium heat (it will create it’s own fat to cook in as it renders out into the pan).
Once there is a good amount of fat in the pan, add the shallots and saute for about 3 minutes.
Add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, scrape up any bits on the pan, and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the liquid turns into a syrup consistency.
Cool slightly and taste. Add salt if necessary. Serve warm.
If desired, to light it up, some of the fat can be removed from the pan before adding the shallots.
Keywords: pancetta, appetizers, jam, balsamic,