Day 111: My Quick Panzanella ♥

Another delicious take on panzanellaSince making My First Panzanella last month, I knew that tomato + bread + stuff was the making of a meal, start to finish, tip to tail, top to toe.

And so tonight it was. Supper.

This time I skipped blanching, peeling and seeding the tomatoes. This time I skipped the grill to toast the bread under the broiler. In fifteen minutes flat: a feast.

Was something special lost in speed? Yes. No. Yes and no.

It's not that one is better than the other. It's that they're nearly two different salads. Where My First Panzanella is somehow plain and pure, My Quick Panzanella is plain and practical.

They're both delicious. They're both keepers.

MY QUICK PANZANELLA
Active time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 15 minutes
Serves 2

2 stale sourdough rolls (or other stale bread)
2 large tomatoes, cored and diced (tonight I used beautiful yellow and red German tomatoes but plain red tomatoes are equally delicious)
1/4 red onion, chopped fine
1/2 English cucumber, diced (I didn't use tonight but think it really adds)
1 fresh mozzarella ball, diced (I did use this tonight and found it a waste of mozzarella, nothing bad, just nothing special ... who needs the calories and the expense?)
5 or so fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic (from a jar)
2 tablespoons capers (these are important, try not to skip)
1 tablespoon good red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon good olive oil
Good salt and freshly ground pepper

Cut the bread in small cubes, briefly warming in the microwave to soften, if needed, before cutting. Place on a baking tray under the broiler for about 5 minutes, turning once.

Combine the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, basil, garlic and capers. (You could make a little ahead to this point.) Add the bread and combine well, letting the bread soak up the juices. Splash the vinegar and oil over the bowl and stir in. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE
With mozzarella, per serving: 408 Cal (46% from Fat, 18% from Protein, 36% from Carb); 19 g Protein; 22 g Tot Fat; 9 g Sat Fat; 39 g Carb; 6 g Fiber; 350 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 834 mg Sodium; 44 mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 8 points

Without mozzarella, per serving: 240 Cal (32% from Fat, 10% from Protein, 58% from Carb); 7 g Protein; 9 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 37 g Carb; 6 g Fiber; 67 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 482 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 5 points


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