Friday, September 20, 2019

Bread Salad or Panzanella a la Vicki Delany

By Vicki Delany

Can you stand another tomato recipe?  Well, ‘tis the season and about all I’m eating are tomatoes.

In Italian this is called Panzanella, and is a salad made up mostly of bread and tomatoes.  There are plenty of recipes for it on the internet, but this is the one I made up myself and I  use and love.  I see that way back in 2013, Lucy gave you a completely different recipe. Sometimes it can be fun to try both and compare.

Quantities and additional ingredients are all adaptable.  This recipe feeds one as a meal, or two as a side dish, maybe with a simple grilled chicken breast or fish.

Vicki Delany’s Bread Salad

1 quarter French Baguette

2 or three large ripe tomatoes, sliced into bite-sized pieces

Olive oil

Dried rosemary

Salt and pepper

Fresh basil, chopped

1 slice of red onion, chopped finely

Crumbled goat cheese, (about ¼ of a small log). Can also use mozzarella or bocconcini  if you prefer

Slice baguette into 1 inch chunks.  Pour 1 tbsp olive oil over the baguette along with salt, pepper, and 1 tsp dried rosemary.  Toss to coat bread in oil. Add more oil if needed to get each piece coated.

Place bread on baking tray in single layer.  Bake at 350 for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven, flip bread pieces, and put back in oven for 4 minutes to toast the other side.  Keep an eye on the bread so it doesn’t burn.

Remove from oven.  Allow bread to cool. Toss with diced tomatoes, basil, and onion.  (I also use some chopped cucumber if I have it on hand).

(Optional: if the salad seems too dry, add a small spoon of vinaigrette salad dressing, such as the one I gave you the recipe for a few weeks ago and toss)

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  1. Simple, but when you use primo ingredients, they shine.

  2. The best seasonal ingredients are key