Ah, panzanella. I’ve wanted to make you for so long. Ideally when I have just let a boule cool on my counter, but the oven is dead to me. The temperature keeps rising and the weather is trying to coax us into calling an air conditioning company. Yet, we survive with our oscillating fan I purchased several years ago. It has become a dear friend and we’re very close to giving it a name.
Instead of baking bread, I went to the Farmer’s Market and picked up fresh cucumber, tomato, onion, peppers, basil and a sourdough boule. I did have to use the stovetop briefly to crisp up the bread cubes for this recipe and I am happy to report that it was worth it. This is the Barefoot Contessa’s famous recipe with some minor tweaks. It made a huge batch that you can take to a barbecue or nibble on all weekend. It’s light and full of vibrant vegetables. A light summer dinner during these steamy times in the Midwest.