Too hot? easy: panzanella!

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We know you are not going to turn on the oven (or the fire) during these hot days of summer and neither do we! If you literally feel like you are melting and do not want the temperature of your house to increase of one single degree, this is the recipe for you!

Let’s prepare together a yummy and refreshing speciality from central Italy, perfect for lunch, either at home either for your lunchbox. Just get some old stale bread, not so difficult to be found in the cupboards of the kitchen, let it soak in water to soften it up and prepare a light dressing with fresh onions and tomatoes.

This recipe shines for its simplicity and thanks to the touch of basil smells like summer. Like it or not, hot weather can be divine!

Serves 6 –Easy– Prep time: 15’_DSC0418

You will need

  • Old stale bread (about ½ kg) (if you don’t have any, you can toast in the oven some sliced fresher bread)
  • Ripe tomatoes (Datterini, 250 gr)
  • 1 red onion
  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil

How to:

  1. Cut the onion into thin slices and soak it in cold water to quench its pungent taste;
  2. Prepare a bowl with cold water. Cut the bread and quickly soak it into the water to soften it up. Squeeze it well and crumble it in another bowl;
  3. Cut the tomatoes in 2 or 4;
  4. mix together the bread (well squeezed!), the tomatoes, the onion (drained) a few basil leaves;
  5. seasone with plenty of olive oil and a pinch of salt;
  6. Panzanella is at its best if you let it in the fridge a few hours before serving!

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