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April 1, 2014
Prosciutto end pieces

A fine substitute for bacon in many recipes is small cut pieces from the end of a prosciutto. This is a chunk of dense and flavorful meat (with a layer of flavorful fat) at the shank end of a prosciutto, all that’s left after the rest of the ham has been sliced paper thin, in the traditional manner. The next time you are in an Italian deli or grocery, ask if they have one to sell you; it’s a useful piece of meat to have on hand (and much less expensive than regular prosciutto). With the skin on, it will keep for a long time in your refrigerator or freezer, and you can use small amounts of the salt cured meat to add flavor to sauces, soups, and pastas wherever you would use bacon. Remove the skin before cutting the prosciutto. You can also slice off a piece of the skin and use the layer of fat underneath to lend flavor to dishes. Just run the fat over the frying pan or the surface of a grill to apply a thin film of fat, which will enhance whatever you cook or grill on it.