Panzanella

Panzanella

This is an Italian dish which makes a delicious lunch, and is also a great way of using up stale bread, especially the French baguettes which are no use the day after you've  bought them.  You can be versatile with the ingredients, substituting whatever you like, apart from the bread!


SERVES 2 

Preparation Time:  5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

 1/4 red onion, chopped  2 tblsp olive oil
 1/2 red/green pepper, chopped  1 tblsp corn oil
 1 large firm red tomato, chopped  1 tblsp wine vinegar
 4 thick slices cucumber, chopped  1 teasp sugar
 10 green or black olives  1 teasp french mustard
 1/3 stale baguette, cut into cubes  

Add the onion, peppers, cucumber, olives and tomatoes to a large mixing bowl. 

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and gently fry the cubes of bread until toasted on all sides - add more oil as required (to prevent dry- frying the  bread, which will cause it to burn).

Add the toasted  bread to the bowl.Whisk together the corn oil, vinegar, mustard and sugar, and pour into the bowl. Stir well, making sure that all the vegetables and bread are well coated with the  vinaigrette - make more if necessary.

Spoon into pasta bowls and serve at once, while the toasted bread is still crunchy.