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Pancetta Wrapped Ontario Nectarines with Basil

This summery appetizer is perfect for a party or to enjoy with your family before dinner. It showcases Ontario’s sweet nectarines with the smokey flavour of pancetta. Nectarines and basil are a wonderful flavour pairing that adds a bite of fresh, garden flavour in this elegant appetizer.

Serves 2 appetizers

Pancetta Wrapped Nectarines with Basil
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  • 16 thin slices pancetta
  • 2 firm, ripe Ontario Nectarines, pitted and cut into 8 wedges each
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 16 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • Toothpicks (optional)
  • Balsamic glaze or aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling


  1. Lay an uncurled pancetta slice on a flat work surface. Place a basil leaf on one end, top with nectarine wedge, and season with freshly ground pepper. Roll up pancetta to enclose nectarine wedge, leaving 2 ends exposed.
  2. In large non-stick skillet, heat half olive oil over medium heat. Add half wrapped nectarines and cook, turning occasionally, until pancetta is browned and crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining oil and nectarine pieces.
  3. To Serve: insert toothpicks, if using, and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve warm.


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