Yeah…you heard me. Pork…turned into a dust.
A friend and I were at a high end restaurant on Monday for a meal during Winterlicious. We shared some of the courses. She shared this with me…after seeing the look on her face after trying it, I knew I had to try to make it! Her bands anniversary is at the end of this week…so I felt it was a GREAT time to make this as a little gift for her!
And me, being me, I made two versions…and neither one was ‘the way’ it’s supposed to be done. As opposed to pork rinds or pork craklins that are usually used… I used pancetta and proscuitto. I mean, it’s an anniversary…you gotta splurge! Well…it was about $15 bucks so ‘splurge’ is not really the right word!
What you need:
Blender (or potentially food processor)
Take the pancetta and proscuitto, and lay it out evenly in a food dehydrator. Put papertowels down on the bottom as you draw out a lot of fat (the other kinds described above are MAINLY fat). If doing both as I did, put the pancetta on the bottom, the proscuitto on top. I used all 5 trays I have for mine…
WAIT! I let it go over 24 hours… though…I didn’t have a choice… I had to work!
After that long it should look like this:
Each is crispy, and the flavour more concentrated… I know… I tasted it at 12 hours…ended up with half of what I put in! It was GOOD!
Dry off a little bit of the oil. While Tapioca Maltodextrin absorbs fat like flour absorbs water, I wanted a bit more meatier flavour. Paper towel is fine for this (get something labelled unbleached though…).
I didn’t actually measure this, since the technique is for a ONLY fat preparation…
Start with about 1 cup of Maltodextrin… and you can add as needed. I also added about 4 tablespoons of salt per batch… You’re not going to be using a lot of this powder or dust, so the additional salt is actually minimal. 6 slices of the proscuitto yields more than 1/2 cup of powder!
Scrape the sides of the blender a lot, as the fat sticks to the sides. Blend and add TM until it’s almost stopped doing that.
Sift! Use a flour sifter, there will be little ‘chunks’ in this … at least there was in mine, I’ve only tried this in a Vitamix blender, so it may have been from heat from friction! I was also in a time crunch, so I may have over done the speed!
Enjoy!! The taste should be what you’re having (Pancetta or Proscuitto)…but it should melt in your mouth like cotton candy!
DELIVER! Use it as you wish… either ‘in place’ of breadcrumbs… as a garnish, as something playful on the dish… or, in my case, as a gift!
Here’s my final project…which leaves me with A LOT left over… the two jars are maybe about $3 of $15.