View Full Version : Pancetta Substitute?

Nov 28th, 2006, 05:10 AM
Before deciding to go vegan, I used to make this recipe all the time: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_17692,00.html

I can easily use vegetable stock instead of chicken, but does anyone have any recommendations for replacing the pancetta? I could just leave it out, but I loved the texture and flavor it added. A leafy veg, perhaps? Kale? Ideas are welcome.

Nov 28th, 2006, 05:38 AM
Wow, my Mom used to make that all the time when I was growing up, but never used pancetta. I guess the recipe depends on where you're from in Italy? I love it without pancetta, of course. I'm glad I never had any with it to get used to. I suppose you could add a few drops of liquid smoke for flavor, but I don't know how you would replace the texture.

Nov 28th, 2006, 09:48 AM
How about seitan or tofu, cut up into little cubes, marinated and baked in the oven? I think that might come pretty close. Where's San Gabriel? *curious* Sorry to be nosey!

Nov 28th, 2006, 04:11 PM
Would the tofu or seitan hold up in soup? I kep thinking it would fall apart or be too mushy. I'll give it a try.

San Gabriel is just south of Pasadena, CA.

If you bake the tofu for a while it will go very crispy and won't go mushy. Or if you're still in doubt put it in at the last minute. Freezing tofu is supposed to give it a "meatier" texture (use firm tofu to start with, not silken) and seitan definitely wouldn't fall apart, it's too "meaty" for that! Good luck with your recipe - let us know how you get on.

Dec 2nd, 2006, 07:14 PM
Is there any chance for you to buy smoked tofu? I use that whenever I need a substitute for something bacon-y.

Dec 6th, 2006, 11:16 PM
as i mentioned on some other thread earlier on, Fry's polony cut into little bits and fried is a perfect substitute for pancetta