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Posted on 04 November 2010 by

Panzanella: Overripe Tomatoes and Day-Old Bread

panzanellaBy David Harbilas

What good are stale bread and tomatoes that seem destined for the trash?

The Italians found a use, and its simplicity seems to come from years of refinement.

Bread salad, as panzanella is often called, is little more than a mixture of croutons and chopped vegetables tossed with a simple vinaigrette.

Here, they are slightly changed by the addition of pureed tomatoes that are nearly too ripe for any other use. Their near-liquid consistency works perfectly as a dressing for the croutons and vegetables, balanced by a little vinegar and olive oil. Last of the season herbs completes the dish.

Serves 4


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