Pam Ellingson Recipe

BLT Panzanella by Alton Brown

By Pam Ellingson wmnofoz

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Pam's Story

The taste of fresh tomatoes and the bacon in this Panzanella makes all the difference. It is Yummy in the Summer, and not too shabby anytime you can get fresh tomatoes.


4 c
french bread cut into 1-inch cubes and dried overnight
6 slice
bacon, cooked, chopped, drippings reserved
2 c
halved grape tomatoes
2 Tbsp
bacon drippings, for searing
2 c
halved yellow pear tomatoes or roughly chopped heirloom tomatoes
2 c
chopped romaine lettuce
1/4 c
red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp
each salt and pepper
3 Tbsp
olive oil
1 Tbsp
chiffonade mint
1 Tbsp
chiffonade basil

Directions Step-By-Step

Toss bread cubes in 2-4 Tbsp of the bacon drippings. Prepare remaining Salad ingredients, set aside.
Chiffonade basil and mint and set aside for garnish.(You can also make more basil /mint chiffonade to add while tossing the salad if desired)
Sear the halved grape tomatoes in 2 tablespoons of drippings, cut side down, until caramelized about 5 minutes, set aside. (You can substitute regular vegetable or olive oil for the drippings for this step
if you prefer)
Combine red wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl, slowly whisk in olive oil in a thin stream until emulsified
Combine all tomatoes, bread, bacon, and lettuce and dress with vinaigrette, toss well. (Add extra basil/mint here if you like)
Garnish with mint and basil and serve.

About this Recipe

Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Bring on the Bacon!
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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Nov 16, 2011 - Pam Ellingson shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Jul 19, 2011 - Kimi Gaines shared this recipe with discussion group: BACON LOVERS UNITE