With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Greek Panzanella ~ Barefoot Bloggers

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Greek Panzanella ~ Barefoot Bloggers

Greek Panzanella
recipe source: 2009, Ina Garten, Show: Barefoot Contessa Episode: What are Friends For


Good olive oil 
1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups) 
Kosher salt 
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/4-inch thick 
1 red bell pepper, large diced 
1 yellow bell pepper, large diced 
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 
1/2 red onion, sliced in half rounds 
1/2 pound feta cheese, cut in 1/2-inch cubes 
1/2 cup calamata olives, pitted 

For the vinaigrette: 

2 cloves garlic, minced 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
1/4 cup good red wine vinegar 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
1/2 cup good olive oil 

Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread cubes and sprinkle with salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until nicely browned. Add more olive oil as needed. 

Place the cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, tomatoes and red onion in a large bowl. 

For the vinaigrette, whisk together the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper in a small bowl. While still whisking, add the olive oil and make an emulsion. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add the feta, olives and bread cubes and mix together lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature.

Yield: 6 servings 


Mildred said...

This sounds/looks so good - my John especially loves ANYTHING with olives!

Snap said...

YUMMY! I'd love it, but Mr. Dragon doesn't like cucumbers... so sad!!!!! ;D

Jennifurla said...

I love Ina...oh how I wish I could dine with her, this looks yummy

marie said...

This looks so fresh and tasty ~ I can't wait to give it a try!

Ann said...

that looks delicious. I'll definitely have to write this one down. I can't wait to try it.

Julie Harward said...

I adore her and this looks very good to me, I'll have to to try it! :D

crochet lady said...

That looks perfect for a light summer time meal.

Susan said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm mmmmm Now that looks very, very good, indeed, LDH. Thanks for sharing. Susan

Red Couch Recipes said...

There aren't too many things that I like more than Panzanella...I do an Italian version, but this one looks great! Joni

Jacqueline said...

This looks every bit as good as Italian. I would love these flavors. I have heard the same thing said about Ina's recipes from other great cooks. Why then don't I have one of her cookbooks? I will put it on the list.

Dishesdone said...

Looks fantastic!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Beautiful and perfect for summer! Ina's my favorite, love that she can cook and bake!

Beth said...

This is just the kind of salad I like to pack in my husband's lunch. Thanks so much for posting.


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