Panzanella Salad

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/11/2016 to Chicken & Poultry

Yesterday was a record breaking hot day. 102º in Denver, yikes! Hot or not, I still love to cook. I decided to make a Panzanella Salad. I used my first tomatoes from the garden, with homegrown oregano, basil and parsley. My neighbor Lori had some fantastic arugula that I also added. This salad is the quintessential summer meal!

Panzanella is a tomato and bread salad. A lot of recipes call for day-old bread but I like the flavor and texture of fresh better. Use a crusty bread, like Ciabatta, to make the hearty croutons.  Let the tomatoes and croutons sit at room temperature and the tomato juices and dressing soak into the croutons. You end up with a chewy/crunchy texture and flavor that is amazing!

I also added some chicken (you can skip if you want vegetarian) seasoned with An Evening in Tuscany. This is the first blend I tried from Milford Spice and now I am addicted to all of their fantastic products! This is hand blended with garlic, Kosher salt, Mediterranean oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, black pepper, rosemary, onion and parsley. To make a classic bread seasoning dip, mix 2 tablespoons An Evening in Tuscany with 1/2 cup of your favorite olive oil.

Do you know that you are never supposed to refrigerate tomatoes? Doing so changes the texture of the tomato and weakens the flavor. Leave them in a bowl on the counter. Not only will they taste better, they look so pretty and colorful.

A cool glass of Chianti paired perfectly with this meal.

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Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Gremolata

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/1/2016 to Asian

Seared Ahi Tuna is one of the most delectable dishes you can eat. It practically melts in your mouth. Of course I could eat this completely raw. If you are not a sushi fan, you can cook to your liking. I chose to use Big Easy Bourbon Molasses because of its smoky sweet heat. Hand blended with granulated blackstrap molasses, demerara sugar, orange zest, bourbon barrel smoked sea salt, garlic, onion, chipotle, paprika and bell pepper. Amazing on fish, chicken and pork!

I found this wonderful Wasabi Arugula at the farmers market. I have never heard of this variety. It tastes just like the wasabi you get at a sushi restaurant but without the heat! Fantastic.

A gremolata is the perfect accompaniment to use the Arugula in, it adds a nice texture to this dish. This version does not have any cheese typically found in this type of recipe. You can add parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic and use it to top a pasta. Delish!

I made sushi rice as a side for this meal—1 cup of short grain white rice, rinsed really well and 2 cups water. Cook per directions and then add 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 2 tsp sugar and 1/2 tsp salt that you have mixed together. Stir and you are ready to go!

A chilled glass of Pinot Noir paired perfectly with this meal.

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