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Sloppy Porchetta


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1/4 pound slab of pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground pork

  • 2-3 rosemary sprigs, leaves finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 3-4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • 4 crusty ciabatta rolls or plain kaiser rolls, split

  • Finely chopped giardiniera (pickled vegetable salad) and/or sliced cornichon, for topping


In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until crisp, about 2 minutes. Add the pork and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in the rosemary, garlic, salt and lots of pepper, then stir in the chicken broth and vinegar. Lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes more.

Pile the meat onto the rolls and serve with the toppings.