Tuesday, September 18, 2012

end of summer panzanella

By the end of the summer I am always looking for the first hint of fall veggies wherever I can find them. However, this recipe is one that holds me over loving that summer produce through the abundance of it in those last hot months. Its a great way to throw together some veggies for a delicious and hearty meal. It is also a great recipe to take to your next dinner party. 

This recipe is a great twist on a panzanella because it uses a delicious lemon pesto sauce to top it off. Beyond that, it really is tasty no matter what veggies you find looking good at the farmers market. 

End of Summer Panzanella

Adapted from Sprouted Kitchen
Serves 4

3 Cups Whole Grain Bread, in 1’ Cubes
½ Cup Roasted Red Peppers (make your own or use a jar)
2 Medium Heirloom Tomatoes
½ Medium Sized Red Onion
1 Cup Garbanzo Beans, fresh or canned
1 Cup Basil, Roughly Chopped
1 Cup Arugula
¼ Cup Toasted Pine Nuts

1/4 Cup Lemon Pesto (recipe listed below)
1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper

Lemon Pesto Sauce
1 Clove Garlic
1/4 Cup Pinenuts 
Zest and Juice of one Meyer Lemon
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 Cup Packed Basil Leaves
1/4 - 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan
2 Tbsp. Water to thin

1. Preheat the oven to 400’

2. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet, drizzle with the tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and toss them around in the baking pan. Season generously with salt and pepper and toast in the top rack of the oven for ten minutes. Toss them around half way through baking time.
3. Prepare your veggies. Give a rough chop to the roasted red peppers and slice the tomato into cubes. Next, slice the red onion as thin as possible.
4.In a large bowl, combine the bread, tomatoes (and some of their juices), red onion, red peppers, garbanzo beans, arugula, half of the basil and pine nuts.
5. Drizzle desired amount of pesto onto the panzanella and toss. Add the last of the basil and pine nuts and serve immediately (once tossed or the bread will get soggy). 

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