Panzanella -Tuscan bread and tomato salad

As my sister said to me - 'who would have thought bread and tomatoes could be so delicious'.? Actually, it wasn’t a surprise to me because so many things start with a holy trinity of good bread, tomatoes and punchy olive oil. The secret is in the bread rather than the toms. The wrong bread and it will degenerate into pap. Tasty pap but pap nonetheless.

Almond Thief sourdough works, as does Baker Toms ciabatta or focaccia. Remove any tough crust and tear into pieces. Leave somewhere warm to dry out overnight. +

If, when you've finished, the salad seems a bit dry, don't despair - juts add a little more passata, oil and vinegar..

Yields1 Serving
 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
 2 red peppers (roasted and peeled)
 20 cherry tomatoes (halved)
 400mls passata
 300g stale country bread - torn into bite sized pieces
 6 tbsp wine vinegar
 1 tbsp capers
 8 anchovies, roughly chopped
 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
 20 pitted black olives - halved
 10 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 small red chilli - finely chopped (optional)
 a couple of handfuls of sugar snap peas (or similar - asparagus also works) quickly blanched
 bunch of fresh basil - leaves stripped and seperated
 Ditto rocket
1

It's very simple. Mix everything together, apart from the bread and green bits . Check seasoning and punchiness.

2

Gently fold into the stale bread.

3

Leave to stand and get acquainted for half an hour.

4

Add more oil and vinegar if it still seems a bit dry.

5

Add the basil, rocket and peas/beans and serve.

Ingredients

 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
 2 red peppers (roasted and peeled)
 20 cherry tomatoes (halved)
 400mls passata
 300g stale country bread - torn into bite sized pieces
 6 tbsp wine vinegar
 1 tbsp capers
 8 anchovies, roughly chopped
 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
 20 pitted black olives - halved
 10 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 small red chilli - finely chopped (optional)
 a couple of handfuls of sugar snap peas (or similar - asparagus also works) quickly blanched
 bunch of fresh basil - leaves stripped and seperated
 Ditto rocket

Directions

1

It's very simple. Mix everything together, apart from the bread and green bits . Check seasoning and punchiness.

2

Gently fold into the stale bread.

3

Leave to stand and get acquainted for half an hour.

4

Add more oil and vinegar if it still seems a bit dry.

5

Add the basil, rocket and peas/beans and serve.

Panzanella -Tuscan bread and tomato salad
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