Panzanella: Refreshing Food for the Tuscan Summer

07.30.15 Post - Panzanella

Thanks to the hot weather we have been facing over the last week, people in Montalcino are resorting to traditional recipes that are fast and fresh. One of these is Panzanella. Panzanella is made with stale bread and vegetables. It’s an old Tuscan dish, which is especially appealing because of the limited cost of the ingredients and the fact that it does not need to be cooked. Historically, it was prepared by farmers who brought it with them when they went to work in the fields.

The ingredients are:
– 6 thick slices of stale Tuscan bread (not salty)
– 3 ripe tomatoes
– 1 cucumber
– 1 red onion
– Fresh basil
– Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– A spray of wine vinegar

First, soak the bread with water to soften it, but not too much, it has to remain compact. Then put the bread in a salad bowl and, using your hands, break it into big crumbs. Wash and cut the tomatoes and the cucumber. Then cut the onion into thin slices and add some minced basil. Mix all of the sliced vegetables in with the bread crumbs. At this point you only have to season your panzanella with salt, our Extra Virgin Olive Oil and, if you like it, a spray of white wine vinegar.

Now you can enjoy your fresh panzanella with our white wine! Cheers!

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