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Pancetta & Pineapple Skewers

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 12 skewers.

Servings: six.

The pancetta and pineapple are a sweet and salty contrast and this quick, easy appetizer benefits from the subtle smokiness of a pimentón vinaigrette marinade.


  • 4 oz. pancetta, cut into twenty-four 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes
  • 6 oz. pineapple (about 1/2 small pineapple), peeled and cut into twenty-four 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes
  • Twelve 8-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water
  • 1 recipe Pimentón Vinaigrette

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on six servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 160
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 130
  • Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 15
  • Sodium (mg): 450
  • Carbohydrates (g): 5
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 3


  • Put the pancetta in a small pot, cover it with cold water, and bring to a boil. As soon as the water boils, drain the pancetta in a colander and let it cool slightly.
  • Heat a gas grill to medium high or prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire. Thread two pancetta cubes and two pineapple cubes onto each skewer, alternating the pancetta and the pineapple. Put the skewers in a large Pyrex baking dish (or other large nonreactive container) and pour the Pimentón Vinaigrette over the skewers, turning to coat them completely. Grill the skewers (covered on a gas grill, uncovered on a charcoal grill), checking for flare-ups and turning and flipping the skewers as necessary to cook on all sides until the pancetta is crisp, about 6 minutes total.

Make Ahead Tips

The skewers can be assembled up to 1 day ahead and marinated up to 4 hours ahead and refrigerated.


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Reviews (1 review)

  • Krispie | 05/28/2019

    I have made this twice without much success. It has great flavor but it’s really hard to get the pancetta cut to the right size to stay on the skewer while still getting 24 pieces from the amount listed in the recipe. Also, boiling the pancetta in advance made it rubbery. I think I would either sauté it slightly or leave it uncooked before I skewer it. I think I need to purchase double the amount listed to get the necessary number of cubes at a decent size.

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