Well….Wednesdays Word for today has become Thursdays Thought!!!!…Just didn’t get around to it yesterday…but here it is…
Don’t you just love the sound of this word…Pan – za – nella…I’m sure you know what this is…it’s a Summer salad made with stale bread. Traditionally from Tuscany…there are many versions of this recipe around…however I’ve changed it a little, I love the crunch…of croutons more than the soaked bread texture. This works for one day old bread, if it’s any more best go for the original recipe…
Ingredients for 2 servings
A bunch of rocket
10 basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
1 purple onion
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and freshly grounded pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
5 tablespoons Olive oil
4 thick slices of bread – (ciabatta)
This is the type of bread I used, a crusty outing with a well cooked centre…a ciabatta or cob would be great to use also.
Firstly, thinly slice the red onion and soak in water and white vinegar for about an hour.Wash and pat dry the rocket and basil leaves,roughly break the basil leaves and with the rocket place in serving bowl.Cut bite sized slices of tomato and place in bowl with the ready soaked onion.
Prepare the dressing.Place the lemon juice, mustard and 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a mixing bowl.Add the juice of a crush garlic clove,add salt and pepper and whisk madly for a few minutes making a creamy dense dressing.
Cut 1.5 – 2.0 cm thick slices of bread.Toast and cut into cubes.Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in frying pan,add the juice of 1 garlic clove and heat through the bread cubes for a few minutes.Add to the rest of the salad ingredients.Mix and pour over dressing.
My friends a great quick Summer salad…Panzanella