1Place pancetta in a medium frying pan and cook over medium heat until it is golden brown and much of the fat has rendered, 8 to 10 minutes; remove cooked pancetta to a plate and set aside.
2Combine cream and chicken broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Slowly add polenta in a thin stream, whisking constantly until it is well incorporated. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until polenta is creamy, thick, and no longer raw-tasting, 20 to 25 minutes.
3Mix in hominy, reserved cooked pancetta, and Parmigiano cheese. Just before serving, stir in butter and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Lemon rind adds a bit of bright flavor to this simple side dish of Pea, Pancetta, and Lemon Farfalle. Quick and so easy to throw together, this is a fantastic weeknight dinner side or a lovely last-minute contribution to any potluck scenario.
How to Tie Pancetta
Our feature on how to make pancetta walks through the three steps: preparing, tying, and aging. In this video, former CHOW associate food editor Regan Burns tackles the tying, demonstrating the knots you should use to truss up your prepared pork belly.
Eliminate any cheese aisle confusion with this handy explainer.
Easy Crab Cakes
Crab cakes are so often disappointing -- mushy or gummy, full of starchy filler. But these easy cakes are full of beautiful lump crabmeat, and a light panko coating ensures they fry up crispy and golden brown. Bright, lemony aioli makes a piquant counterpart to the sweet, sweet crab.
This classic should be in every Southern woman's repertoire. A moist, delicious Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake pleases crowds of all ages, and is the perfect dessert to bring to a neighbor, to a potluck, or to a summer party.