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May 22, 2012 / mintcustard

Panzanella

Strike whilst the iron is hot, or at the very least when the sun has put his hat on for more than ten minutes between showers. Panzanella is a favourite summer supper dish of mine. It is also the most frugal of meals. With a slug of oil, a few staling pieces of bread, some ripe tomatoes and a scattering of basil leaves you can have food fit for a Roman emperor. The synergy of this dish is off the scale. Such simplicity of ingredients becomes a magnificent meal.

Panzanella (serves one – I don’t share this dish!)

In a roomy bowl whisk together a good slug of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt, several grinds of black pepper and a rasp or two of grated garlic. Take a handful of ripe tomatoes. These must be kept away from the fridge as it seems to suppress the real tomato flavour somewhat. Dice into the dressing mixture adding as much of the juice as possible. Stir and set aside allowing the favours to meld together. Take several slices of staling bread. Cut off the crusts, cut or tear into cubes. Heat some vegetable oil in a pan and fry the cubes until golden and crispy. Drain on paper and tumble into a bowl. Quickly pour over the tomate and dressing mix. The bread should almost sigh as you combine the two elements together. Tear some basil over the dish, sit outside in peace with a large glass of wine and imagine someone else is washing up.

I am entering this into Family Friendly Fridays hosted by Clare over at The Vegetarian Experience on behalf of Ren over at Fabulicious Food. I have also discovered Frugal Food Fridays, a great idea thought up by Helen at Fuss free flavours , which this month is being hosted by Caroline over at Caroline Makes …. I hope this fits the bill for both round ups.

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  1. Clare / Jun 8 2012 1:04 pm

    Hi

    Thanks for entering your Panzanella into Family Friendly Fridays – this dish looks wonderful – the bread and the tomatoes look so succulent – what a great dish and definitely family friendly (although possibly one I wouldn’t share either!!)

    Clare

  2. Caroline / Jun 29 2012 5:38 pm

    Thanks for entering this into Frugal Food Fridays – sorry I didn’t get round to commenting before! A great example of how you can turn some very basic ingredients into something special.

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