Panzanella

Presented by: Chef Cindy Rosen | Row House Café, Seattle

Chef's Note: The most delicious use for stale bread ever! Prepare the croutons in advance and the panzanella comes together in a flash. A perfect and satisfying hot weather meal. Use only fresh mozzarella in the salad, not the kind you’d use in lasagna. To make a meal out of the salad, add tuna or hard-boiled egg.

serves 6 to 8

Ingredients for Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups garbanzo beans, cooked
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil, chiffonade

Ingredients for Croutons

  • 1 loaf artisan bread, such as Essential Baking’s rosemary loaf (stale bread is ideal)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • pinch cayenne

Ingredients for Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil

Preparation

For croutons, cut the crust off the bread and cut bread into cubes. Let the cubes dry out a bit. Mix together the remaining ingredients and toss with bread cubes, then lay them out on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350-degree oven until they begin to brown, at least 10 minutes. Cool croutons before adding to salad.

For dressing, put all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor. Leave it on for a couple of minutes for garlic to incorporate (and you won’t have chunks of garlic in your dressing), then slowly add olive oil so it emulsifies.

For salad, combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Add cooled croutons and toss again.

Comments

06/05/14
Yum!
11/11/13

Brilliant and wonderful job!Panazannella is mone delicous disjh and the ebst I have tried in recent time. Never had I anticipated that this one will that delicious when I read it the first time. Thanks for sharing this. click here

07/22/11

I've made this at least 10 times since we shot the segment at Row House Cafe and it always gets rave reviews. Being a lazy person, I use prepared balsamic dressing to save time, don't cut the crusts off the bread, and usually just shake the bread cubes with olive oil and a few of my fave dry seasonings, then bake them for 12-15 minutes. Also use a combo of kalamata and green olives. Yum!

09/19/14
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