Creamy Pancetta Dressing and Iceberg Lettuce

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I adopted this recipe from Recipezaar and have since made the recipe. It's very good and the only change I made was using 1 teaspoon dried thyme, as I didn't have fresh in the garden. The original poster said this recipe was adapted from Michael Chiarello.

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  • add   1 onion
  • add   1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • add   1 cup mayonnaise
  • add   1 garlic clove
  • add   1 1/2 cups roughly cut pancetta
  • add   fresh ground black pepper
  • add   1 cup sour cream
  • add   3 tablespoons olive oil
  • add   3 heads iceberg lettuce
  • add   2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme leaves


  1. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the olive and heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, add pancetta and saute, and caramelize for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Stir onion into mixture, toss and saute for another 10 minutes, until the onion begins to brown.
  5. Add garlic, thyme, and cider vinegar, and remove from heat.
  6. Allow mixture to cool for about a 1/2 an hour.
  7. Place cooled mixture into bowl, add mayonnaise and sour cream.
  8. Season with black pepper, to taste.
  9. Serve over iceberg wedges.