Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Simple Summer Dinner

About 2 weeks ago, I was at Sam’s Club and found giant clamshells of heirloom tomatoes. I already had my menu for the week planned, so I didn’t buy them, but put them on next week’s menu. Well, I went to Sam’s over the weekend to get them, and they were out! I tried a few other places, and no one had them, so I had to get regular tomatoes on the vine, but they’re smaller and sweeter. This Panzanella salad is a mixture of a few different ones I’ve seen made, catered to my personal tastes.
I wanted to make a small side with some protein. I was browsing through a few magazines and saw bacon wrapped asparagus. To keep with my Italian theme, I decided to sub prosciutto for the bacon. I hope you enjoy this light, delicious, easy and fresh meal.

Panzanella and Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus

1 loaf of slightly old bread, cubed (4 cups)
2 cups of tomatoes, chunked
1 can of artichoke hearts, quartered
1 heaping scoop of olive tapenade
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
¼ c. red wine vinegar
¼ c. EVOO
Salt and pepper
Minced herbs, such as basil, parsley, and tarragon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat butter in a skillet over medium-low, add garlic and sauté for a few minutes until soft. Add bread cubes, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Cut tomatoes in half, squeeze out seeds, and chop. Add to a bowl. Add artichokes and tapenade. Mix to combine. Add all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
Add cooled bread to bowl, toss with tomatoes and add dressing, toss to combine. Serve at room temperature, refrigerate leftovers, it gets better as it sits!

1 lb. asparagus spears, trimmed
Prosciutto, sliced thin
Blanch asparagus for 2 minutes, remove from water and shock in an ice bath.
Wrap bundles of asparagus, or one at a time, in slices of prosciutto. Season with salt and pepper, bake at 400 for 5 minutes.
(I put it in this bowl just for you, Katie!)


Anonymous said...

This looks SOOO refreshing, filling, and beautiful! And you snuck my FAVORITE in there - artichoke hearts! YAY! I especially LOVE it in that serving bowl.

Liv said...

Dude, I *totally* have that serving bowl! for. realz. twins. like. WHOA.