Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I'd never even heard of panzanella, also known as bread salad. Thanks to the wonderful world of blogging, this is now one of my favorite quick summertime meals -- especially once the home-grown tomatoes are flourishing.
Which they are.
One of the things I love most about this recipe is I usually have all the ingredients on hand. It takes less than a half hour to throw together.
And it is delicious.
Did I mention how delicious it is?
In the book Real Simple Celebrations: Easy Entertaining for Every Occasion, author Valerie Rains suggests that rather than freezing those hot dog and hamburger buns left over from summertime barbecues, you use them in this salad instead. Brilliant idea.
Here are the instructions based on the recipe from the book:
PANZANELLA (BREAD SALAD)
2 hot dog or hamburger buns, cut into 1-inch pieces
2-4 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
4 - 8 oz. crumbled feta cheese
1/4 c. thinly sliced basil
1/4 c. olive oil
1 T. balsamic or red wine vinegar
1/4 t. Kosher salt
1/8 t. black papper
Place cut up buns on baking sheet; bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. In large bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cheese, and basil. Add the oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Add the toasted bread and toss.
So is anyone else swimming in tomatoes?