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Panzanella Salad

A panzanlla salad is comes from the Tuscan region of Italy and is basically a bread salad.  Typically a panzanella includes day old bread, tomatoes, basil, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Since the wonderful HighCross Farm had some sexy lemon basil, cucumber and red onions in the box, I decided to throw those in as well. The best part was  I didn’t have to go anywhere near my stove. Score!

Since I used lemon basil, I decided to keep with the fruity flavor profile and made a vinaigrette with some orange olive oil and strawberry balsamic I got at  Oro Di Oliva.  Fantastic!

For the Panzanella:

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled/seeded and diced
  • 4-5 small-medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of lemon basil
  • 5-6 sliced of day old Italian bread, cut into 1 inch sliced and diced

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 3 tablepoons, balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons, olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoons, honey
  • 5 lemon basil leaves, chopped
  • S&P to taste

In a large bowl add the cucumber, tomato, basil, and onion.  Chill in the refrigerator for an hour to let the juices of the tomato draw out.

While that chills whisk together your vinaigrette.

Add the bread and vinaigrette to cucumber/tomato  mixture. Mix well. You want the bread to sop up the vinaigrette and juice from the veg.

Note: Make sure your bread is good and stale. If you use soft bread you will get nothing but mush. You want good hard, stale bread for this salad.

Let chill again for another 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Grilled Flat Bread w/ Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

I love when I can take 1/2 the items in my CSA box and put something awesome on the dinner table.

I marinated a pork tenderloin in some low-fat Greek yogurt and Greek spices and grilled it to perfection. Cradled the pork on a warm green onion flat bread, gave it a healthy dollup of tzatziki sauce and topped it off with tomato and red onion from my CSA box.

Awesomely grilled pork and amazing farm fresh veggies aside;  The real star of the show is the tzatzki sauce.  I got some absolutely fantastic cucumbers in my box from Highcross Farm and paired with some garlic, dill and greek yogurt.  The result was nothing short of amazing.

Tzatzkiki Sauce

  • 2 cups greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 large cucumber – peeled and seeded
  • Directions

    1. Use a cheese cloth to strain the yogurt over a bowl for 3 to 4 hours, until most of the water has drained.
    2. Press excess liquid out of the shredded cucumber. In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumber and strained yogurt. Mix in the garlic, salt, pepper and dill. Chill the mixture for 1 to 2 hours.

    I use for everything. I marinade my meat in it, dip my veggies in it, spread it on my sandwiches. The possibilities are endless.

     
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    Posted by on August 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

     

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