Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello
Total:
35 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
35 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

For the dressing:
  • 1 1/2 pounds pancetta, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt, preferably gray salt, and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups lightly packed torn fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped, divided
For the salad:
  • 6 large slices country style bread, about 1/2-inch thick
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • 8 to 9 cups thinly sliced hearts romaine lettuce (from 1 large head)
  • 3 large tomatoes

Directions

Unroll the pancetta slices and cut them crosswise into 1-inch lengths. In a large skillet, cook the pancetta over medium heat until it renders much of its fat and the pancetta begins to get crisp, about 20 minutes. Drain the pancetta in a sieve placed over a heat-proof measuring pitcher. Add olive oil to the pancetta fat, as needed, to total 1 cup.

Return the fat to the skillet and place over high heat. Add the garlic and cook until it begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and let cool to room temperature. When cool, add red wine vinegar and salt and pepper, to taste. (Taste before adding salt as the pancetta is already heavily salted.) Mix in 1/2 of the chopped basil. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the slices of bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden brown and just beginning to crisp, about 6 minutes. (You can also toast the bread on a stove-top gas grill.) Remove from the oven and lightly brush the bread slices on both sides with olive oil, then season lightly with salt.

To serve, arrange a row of lettuce down the center of each plate. Slice the tomatoes 1/2-inch thick and arrange on 1 side of the lettuce. Cut each bruschetta on the diagonal into 2 or 3 pieces, and arrange the pieces on the side of the lettuce. Place some pancetta in the center of each plate. Spoon an equal amount of the dressing over each plate. Sprinkle with remaining basil and serve at once.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Open Faced PLT

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

PLT - Pancetta, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich

Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

Fall Salad

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Cobb Salad

Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes

Seafood Salad

Recipe courtesy of Scott Cutaneo

Cooking Tips 3 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Eggs 101: Poached 01:24

These easy steps will have you poaching eggs to perfection in no time.

Similar Topics:

On TV

Carnival Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Carnival Eats

11am | 10c

Carnival Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12pm | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1pm | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Carnival Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Carnival Eats

3:30pm | 2:30c

Good Eats

4pm | 3c

Good Eats

4:30pm | 3:30c

Good Eats

5pm | 4c

Good Eats

5:30pm | 4:30c

Good Eats

6pm | 5c

Good Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Good Eats

7pm | 6c

Good Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Cake Wars

8pm | 7c

Cake Wars

9pm | 8c

Cake Wars

10pm | 9c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Cake Wars

12am | 11c

Cake Wars

1am | 12c

Cake Wars

2am | 1c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here