Barefoot Bloggers now has 98 members and steadily growing. Melissa of It's Melissa's Kitchen has chosen the Panzanella Recipe from Ina Garten's awesome collection. You can find it in Ina's book, "Barefoot Contessa Parties" on page 102, or you can click on The Food Network and print it off for yourself! This one's a keeper!
I have to admit, I had no idea what Panzanella was until I checked out Ina's recipe! It sounded Italian or Greek to me, but what do I know about such things? I'm a baker! I was delighted to see that it was an extremely easy recipe and one that I knew I would love after looking at the ingredients. It's basically a jazzed up version of Bread Salad!
With lots of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, red peppers, yellow peppers (I used green instead), red onion, fresh basil, cucumbers and capers in it. Don't go yuck on the capers! They really do add a unique flavor to the salad!
It calls for a loaf of French Bread that I sauteed in seasoned olive oil almost like you're making croutons.
Sprinkle it with some kosher salt and pepper as it's cooking. That only takes 10 minutes! While that's cooking, I chopped up the colorful veggies and tossed them with the basil.
I made a quick vinaigrette with garlic, dijon mustard, vinegar (I used balsamic vinegar because I didn't have what the recipe called for), some olive oil and salt & pepper.
You toss this all together in a big bowl. It's so pretty with all the vibrant summer veggies in it. It's a real feast for the eyes! You can serve it right away or you can let it sit for 30 minutes and let the flavors meld and the bread soften a bit.
This Panzanella Recipe is awesome! It took very little time and it made a lot! It would have made twice the amount if I hadn't had the good sense to cut the recipe in half! This salad could easily serve 6-8 people! And the best part? It wasn't expensive at all because the produce is in season right now! Make it for your next family reunion or picnic get together. Just make sure to keep the salad ingredients, toasted bread and vinaigrette separate until you're ready to serve it, otherwise it will probably be one soggy mess!
It's a Keeper!
John had TWO helpings tonight and pronounced it a keeper! That's good enough for me!