Friday, March 13, 2015

Pretty Panzanella

We're getting settled into our new place, and cooking has been put on the back burner as we make our way through stacks of unpacked items -- deciding what goes where, and hoping it all fits!

But, we do still need to eat! So, I've been improvising. I had a half loaf of stale (hard as a rock) bread, some greens, cherry tomatoes, and a few grilled vegetables, so I decided to make a Gourmess version of "panzanella" a.k.a. bread salad, for dinner.

I wrapped the bread in a damp paper towel and put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it enough to cut into bite-sized cubes. I sliced up the tomatoes and the grilled veggies and then tossed them and the bread in a large bowl with a heavy pour of both olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and a couple pinches of salt/pepper, crushed red pepper, and some dried herbs. It went into the fridge to marinate for as long as we could wait, then I added my salad greens and tossed with a bit more olive oil and salt/pepper as needed before serving.
The bread soaked up all the delightful flavors and was soft but not soggy. Paired with a glass of wine and some hummus and olives, it was lovely but light meal. 


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