Panzanella – Barefoot Bloggers

For my second installment of Barefoot Bloggers I made Panzanella. I’ve never even heard of this before but hubby and I both loved it. The salad was very flavorful and colorful. Perfect for any summertime meal. The bread crutons got a little soggy by the end of the meal, so if I were traveling with this, I’d definitely add them at the last minute. Thanks Melissa for choosing this recipe. We’ll definitely be making this again sometime soon.

The best part of this salad is that with comes together so quickly. Hubby chopped all the veggies while I did the bread. Then we mixed it all together and sat down to eat.

Panzanella – from Barefoot Contessa Parties! (pg 102)
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced
20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons capers, drained

For the vinaigrette:
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.

For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.

In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.

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5 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Dip”

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    Manne — October 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Good Lord – I’m praying that this stuff is coming to ReRack this week … that looks unreal.

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    Jen — October 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    The dip will be making an appearance. But maybe not in the form you’re thinking of… Hopefully it turns out as good as it seems in my head.

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    Megan — October 28, 2008 at 12:54 am

    I’ll bet this is very good with gingersnaps. Perfect for the holidays.

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    Cheryl Wray — October 30, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Oh boy…this sounds SO good!!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I have been dying to use my Little Dipper (it came with my large crockpot as part of a package) but I haven’t really had anything that made sense to make in it. This sounds AWESOME!

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