Leslie D asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 1 decade ago

Can I substitute pancetta for guanciale in a recipe?

I've got an Italian (as in, IN italian, written on a piece of scratch paper by a Roman lady) that calls for guanciale. I believe that's a cured pork product made from the pig's jowls, right? I can't find it anywhere. Will pancetta work in the same recipe? Will it be as good? Are there other, better substitutes? I'd like to make this recipe, but don't want to bother if it won't turn out. And I'd consider mail-order sources, but I don't really want to end up spending $45 on a half-pound of deli meat! Thanks, I appreciate your help

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Your substitute would be bacon.

    All pancetta is is bacon, just not smoked, and the foodnetwork.

    com has always stated you and use 'bacon' if you do not

    want to purchase the pancetta.

    and Yes I have used it, tried pancetta once - tooooo costly for me.

    good luck

  • quant
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Guanciale Substitute

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes It works, but it's expensive.

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