What do you do with you extra bread loaf that has gone hard and dry?
I practice a strict zero waste policy in my kitchen and this Panzanella salad recipe comes in handy when I want to use an old, forgotten bread loaf. Under 30 mins, super easy and incredibly delicious, this flavourful recipe will be your love at first bite!
Crispy pan toasted bread cubes tossed with a delicious Cherry tomato marination topped with freshly chopped Basil. The technic I used to toast my bread cubes keeps it crispy even after being tossed with the tomatoes and the resting tomato juices. Let’s dive into making this beautiful salad
Bread loaf -2 slices cut into cubes, recommend using slightly old tough bread
10-12 Cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil @bertollicanada
1 tbsp Butter
½ tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 cloves Minced Garlic
1 tsp each of salt, pepper and sugar
5-7 leaves of Fresh Basil, chopped
1 tbsp each of Feta and grated parmesan
Let’s start by marinating the Cherry tomatoes with salt, pepper, sugar, ACV, minced garlic, chopped basil and 1 tbsp olive oil for 20 mins
Now in a pan on medium heat, toss in the bread cubes. Dry toast for 4-5 mins till edges start browning. Now add 1 tbsp olive oil and grated parmesan, mix well and toast on medium low for 5-7 mins till you see a golden crust. These do not need to be as crispy as croutons, these just need to be crispy on the outside but still a wee bit of softness on the inside
If you press the bread cube with a fork and it shatters, it means you’ve overdone it. Once the bread cubes are done, cool completely. You never want to add in the hot bread to the salad
Once the tomatoes are done marinating, they’ll be now be juicier with all the resting juices
Toss in the bread cubes with the marinated tomatoes. Garnish with another tbsp of olive oil, chopped basil leaves and feta cheese
Serve as a side dish or as a meal. You can also choose to add peppers, onions, capers, olives etc to your Panzanella but I like mine with simple Ingredients and simple flavours. Enjoy!