Saturday, July 23, 2011

Grilled Bread Panzanella.

I'm always looking for ways to enjoy the fresh summer produce from my garden.  I got pretty excited when my friend gave me this recipe because it appeared to be the perfect way to showcase the goods that I work so hard my husband works so hard to plant and weed.  It's true.  Both that this recipe is fabulous and that my husband works hard for us to have an awesome garden.  He is the primary planter, weeder, and tiller.  While I take on most of the harvesting and preserving of the goods.

Back to the recipe - which is becoming my favorite summer meal!  If you don't have your own garden I highly recommend hitting up a local farmer's market.  This dish is that much better with fresh produce.

And if you wonder what "panzanella" is...according to my sources it is a bread salad?  It really doesn't matter what it is...because it's good!

Grilled Bread Panzanella.
(Recipe Adapted from a Friend)
4 slices of bread (this is a great way to use up the stale bread you have laying around)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup onion (sliced into thin rings)
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic
3 1/2 cups tomatoes (cut into dice-like pieces)
1 1/2 cup cucumber (cut into dice-like pieces)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
salt/pepper to taste

To grill bread: us half of the oil to brush over bread.  Season bread with salt and pepper.  Grill both sides until browned.  Allow to cool and then dice into cubes.  Toss the other ingredients into a medium size bowl.  Add bread to tomato mixture and serve.  Or, if you aren't sure if all of your panzanella will get used in one serving...keep the bread separate from the tomato mixture and combine as single servings so that you can refrigerate leftovers without having soggy bread.


Barb said...

This is a "Little" odd, doesn't the bread get kinda soggy?

Holly. said...

Nope...not really!! Mix the bread with the other stuff RIGHT before serving/eating. Gary said he would have liked it better with less tomatoes and adding some lettuce...he really liked the flavor though. It's worth trying!!