Peachy Caprese Pancetta Stacks

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These Peachy Caprese Pancetta Stacks dripping with Honeyed White Balsamic Glaze are the epitome of summer. They’re so easy to make, gluten free, and downright delicious.

Talk about farmers market inspo! These Peachy Caprese Pancetta Stacks are the result of last weekend’s outing and were devoured in no time. The blend of sweet n’ salty, creamy and crispy flavors are simply irresistible. I love tweaking and twisting classic recipes and apparently it was traditional caprese salad’s turn.?

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How to Make Peachy Caprese Pancetta Stacks

As you may already know, the key components to caprese salad are vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette or glaze. Adding super sweet peaches, crispy pancetta and a lighter, white balsamic glaze truly let summer’s bounty shine.

Peaches on wooden board

Ripe yet still firm peaches work best in this recipe along with sliced pancetta. Look for already-packaged round slices of pancetta in your market or go to the deli counter and have it thinly sliced. About a quarter to a third of a pound will work. You’re going to bake the slices in a relatively low oven once they have a good sprinkle of brown sugar and crushed fennel seeds for extra caramelized flavor.

pancetta slices sprinkled with brown sugar and ground fennel seeds

Once the pancetta is crisp and cool enough to handle you can start assembling your scrumptious stacks. Halving the peaches horizontally, removing the pits then halving again will work best. You can trim the very ends to make those outer slices flatter too. And to be honest, the quality of the peaches will make or break this dish, so make sure they’re super scrump!

ingredients displayed - peach, tomato, mozzarella and pancetta slices

And, please, don’t break out the level to make the stacks perfectly straight. You’ll drive yourself nuts for no reason. They’ll still taste ah-mazing!! As you can tell, I embrace imperfection. There are other things in life to worry about. Like your kid getting his driver’s license. No joke. It’s here. As in tomorrow.?

Days are long but years are short is one of the truest phrases ever. Try to live slow, friends. Especially in summer. xox, Kim

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What to Serve with Peachy Caprese Pancetta Stacks

When you’re menu planning for the next summer soiree, here are a few crowd-pleasers to round out the menu!

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Peachy Caprese Pancetta Stacks

Take summery cheese and charcuterie board elements and layer them up into these unassuming and incredibly delicious Peachy Caprese Pancetta Stacks dripping with Honeyed White Balsamic Glaze.
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Italian
Keyword appetizer, caprese salad, summer appetizer, summer recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Kim Peterson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • 12 thin round pancetta slices
  • ½ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 large peaches
  • 12 ripe tomato slices, about ¼-inch thick
  • 12 fresh mozzarella slices, about ¼-inch thick
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 24-36 fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Place pancetta slices in a single layer on an extra-large, parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet.
  • Combine sugar and crushed fennel seeds in a small bowl. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pancetta. Bake 20-25 minutes until crisp.
  • Combine vinegar, honey, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Lower heat to medium and simmer 8-10 minutes until mixture thickens and is reduced to about ¼ cup. Set aside to cool.
  • Cut each peach in half horizontally. Carefully remove pits. Cut peach halves in half horizontally. You’ll get 4 slices from each peach.
  • To start assembling, place 6 peach slices on a serving platter. Then add the following: 1 mozzarella slice, 2-3 basil leaves, 1 tomato slice, 1 pancetta slice, 1 mozzarella slice, 2-3 basil leaves, 1 peach slice, and 1 pancetta slice.
  • Drizzle vinegar glaze over. Top stacks with a few turns of freshly ground pepper and garnish with extra basil. Enjoy!

Notes

*Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, August 2017

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6 Comments

  1. Peaches in a caprese salad?? What a delicious idea! I bet the crispy pancetta goes perfectly with the creamy mozzarella! Such a beautiful summer appetizer!

  2. Absolutely love this twist on the classic caprese salad! First off it’s just gorgeous, almost too pretty to eat! Also I love how you added the sugar and crushed fennel to the pancetta and using a white balsamic in the glaze to pair with the peaches is genius! Thanks for sharing!

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