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All The Porchetta Recipes You Could Ever Want

If you aren't familiar with the glory of porchetta, allow us to show you the way.
10/07/2013 09:18am ET | Updated October 13, 2014

When you think of pork, it's unlikely that your mind jumps to porchetta -- baby back ribs, ham, or bacon, maybe, but probably not this roast. Allow us to enlighten you.

Porchetta has a long-established history in Italy, which is your first indication that it's worthy of your time. New York City's Porchetta restaurant calls it "slow cooked Italian fast food," since it's traditionally street food, often sold from carts, from Central Italy. Your next good reason to tune into porchetta is that it's much easier to prepare than you might expect. While it may sound like an undertaking in the kitchen, like most good Italian food, it's simpler to prepare than it sounds, and relies on the quality of the ingredients more than anything else. Sara Jenkins, chef and owner of NYC's Porchetta, says that for good porchetta, buying good quality pork is essential, and she advises not stinting on the herbs and fennel pollen. Jenkins also told HuffPost Taste that, "you need to drink a nice glass of red wine with it!" We did mention it's Italian, right?

The basic construction of porchetta consists of rolling together layers of pork belly, pork loin and seasoning, and then roasting until cooked. The result is a synthesis of textures and cuts that puts all other types of pork to shame, and is perfect for eating on its own or eating in a sandwich. For true pork lovers, porchetta is nothing short of a dream come true. You get the crispy pork skin, fatty belly, and tender loin all in one bite. If you're not a pork-lover, have no fear. You can enjoy the genius concept with other meats, like rabbit or turkey.

Now that you have the low-down on this roast, it's time to try your hand at it. Here are 12 of the best ways to make porchetta yourself.

1
Mind-Blowing Porchetta Sandwich
Youtube: Tasted
Get the Mind-Blowing Porchetta Sandwich recipe by Chef Nick Anderer of Maialino, courtesy of Tasted Youtube
2
Porchetta Pierino
Getty
Get the Porchetta Pierino recipe by pierino/Food52Note: Recipe not pictured
3
Simple Porchetta
Kitchen Confidante
Get this Simple Porchetta recipe from Kitchen Confidante
4
Porchetta Sandwich
The Martha Stewart Show
Get the Porchetta Sandwich recipe from Martha Stewart
5
Rabbit Porchetta
Food52
Get the Rabbit Porchetta recipe by Toponia Miller from Food52
6
Grilled Porchetta
Patio Dadio BBQ
Get the Grilled Porchetta recipe from Patio Dadio BBQ
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NYC's Porchetta Restaurant's Porchetta
Olives and Oranges via Porchetta


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