Posh up some dry old bread

I hate wasting food, even some old dry white bread. And it seems neither do the Italians because they came up with a tasty way to use it up. In fairness white bread doesn’t last long in our house, as I only occasionally buy it as a treat and is usually gobbled up in one go ( why is it so tasty?! ). But for some reason I had a hunk of it left over last week and impatiently waited for it to become nice and dry to make this and it was definitely worth it.

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PANZANELLA

100g stale dry white bread ( uncut loaf ) torn into bite size pieces
200g of tomatoes diced
100g cucumber diced
100g Pepperdew piquante peppers (or chargrilled peppers)
1/2 red onion sliced thinly
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
8 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp of water
1 clove of garlic crushed
Handful of fresh basil leaves torn
Salt

Put your chopped salad veg and bread into a large bowl and toss and slightly squeeze together. In a small bowl mix the remaining ingredients and pour over your salad. Toss again making sure all the bread has juice to suck up. Leave for 20 minutes or more, tossing again before serving. You can also leave over night in the fridge to soak up all the flavours…delicious!

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