I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Italian Bread Salad "Panzanella"

Growing up in an Italian family we always had a good hearty bread with our meals.
Unfortunately for the birds, our family also had a delicious way to recycle some of the stale bread beyond the usual bread crumbs or stuffing mix. They would take the stale bread and mix it with fresh vegetables, herbs, olives, garlic and olive oil to make a salad. This wonderful salad that I just described is called Panzanella. It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh vegetables and herbs of the season.


Tomatoes, any kind will do (amount is up to you)
3 or 4 cups of stale bread, use a good crusty bread (bite size chunks)
1/2 bunch fresh basil
1/2 bunch parsley
1 large clove of fresh garlic, minced
1 small Red onion (sliced or chopped)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra virgin oil
1 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar
Olives (optional)
Arugula (optional)
Cucumbers (optional)

Break bread or cut into nice size chunks. Chop basil and parsley. Mince garlic. Cut red onion; mix all ingredients together, except bread. Add bread just before serving. Serve at room temperature.


Chris said...

This recipe brings back so many great memories of my Gram. Yum!

Glenna said...

Yum! You're the second person I've run across this weekend who at panzanella this week. I have got to make it. I'm craving it in a big way!

Garrett said...

This is one of those recipes I have been dying to make someday this summer.

Anonymous said...

This is true comfort food for me!