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Panzanella

How do I get the bread stale for Panzanella ?

asked by Food odyssea 4 months ago
13 answers 348 views
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cv
added 4 months ago

Just leave it out: a day or two should be sufficient.

The main point of panzanella is to use leftover bread from previous days. It's a way to use something that is no longer enjoyable in its current state.

A lot of peasant cooking is based on the reuse of leftovers. A couple of Italian peasant dishes that use stale bread are ribollita and acqua cotta.

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PHIL

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added 4 months ago

peasant food is the best food.

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ktr
added 4 months ago

If you are in a hurry and can't wait for your bread to become stale, you can cube it and toss it in the oven on a baking sheet to dry out.

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PHIL

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added 4 months ago

If you can't wait till it goes stale do like ktr says. I like it a little toastier so I hit it on the grill to brown it and dry it up

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cv
added 4 months ago

I find it hilarious, shameful, and more than a little bit sad that some people today must deliberately damage a perfectly good loaf of fresh bread to make these types of dishes.

Oh well, not how I look to treat ingredients, but different strokes for different folks.

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Trena Heinrich

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added 4 months ago

It is a great way to use day old or two day old bread. Sometimes I make croutons on the stove top using butter and olive oil to lightly coat the bread - I find it quite delicious this way too.

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PHIL

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added 4 months ago

why is toasting or grilling bread or making croutons damaging it?

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cv
added 4 months ago

The moist crumb of a fresh loaf of bread is the goal of a bread baker. The loaf will naturally dry out and lose that ephemeral quality within days.

I have no problems toasting, grilling or making croutons out of *OLD* bread. I just think doing this to a *FRESH* loaf is really sad and a bit disrespectful for the bread baker's efforts.

In a way, it's like breaking or cutting up a bunch of long noodles. Someone worked really hard to make those long noodles.

Anyhow, do as you wish.

You pay for your groceries, you get to do anything you want with them, even tossing half of them into the trash uneaten, that's what the average American does.

I admit that I do not view food the same way as many others here. That's fine, the food that ends up on my table puts a smile on my face.

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added 4 months ago

Making Gaspacho Panzanella, a FOOD 52 recipe. Want to do as much as possible in advance. Suggestions?

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PHIL

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added 4 months ago

I don't see why you can't make it the day before, just add the bread a few minutes before you serve it. I just looked at the recipe https://food52.com/recipes... . Good luck , I'm sure it will be good.

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added 4 months ago

Making Gaspacho Panzanella, a FOOD 52 recipe. Want to do as much as possible in advance. Suggestions?

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Trena Heinrich

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added 4 months ago

Buy a loaf of crusty bread and eat half. The next day use the day old bread and make this recipe. You should be able to make it with 2 day old bread as well. Perhaps you could use the fresh half loaf with meats, cheeses, pickles and seasonal fruit. This time of year is a great time for a picnic. Enjoy!

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added 4 months ago

Depends on the batch size. The recipe itself calls for half a loaf of (preferably) day old bread.

Buy a loaf, eat some of it. Let it sit out. There's one portion. If you want to make multiples of the original recipe, then buy another loaf, stick the previously purchased now-stale loaf in the freezer, and eat some of the fresh loaf. Repeat until you have enough bread in your freezer.

I always have at least a half a loaf of stale bread for preparations like these, or emergency toast.

If you make the soup base in the morning, pull the stale loaves out of the freezer at the same time, they will defrost in a couple of hours, then proceed with the toasting part shortly before serving.