Last year's savory pumpkin bread pudding was better than I could've imagined. Not only was it delicious, but it gave me the opportunity to attend the 1st Annual Foodbuzz Festival. It was an amazing experience where I met many awesome fellow bloggers, ate tons of amazing food, fell in love with the Ferry Building and demo my recipe for everyone to try!
This year I'm at it again, submitting a recipe for the chance to be named a Nature's Pride bread ambassador again. Hopefully this will be another golden ticket :)
|Imagine some feta sprinkled on top!|
Recipe by Shannon
Serves 2-3 as a side, easily scaled up
Panzanella, or bread salad, seemed like a perfect way to highlight Nature's Pride bread. I kept the bread crispy to contrast with the creamy roasted eggplant. The feta balances the sweet dressing to create a twist on this Tuscan classic.
2c Nature's Pride bread cubes (~1/2" in size, from 2 slices of Whole Wheat*)
4c cubed eggplant (~3/4" in size, skin on or off-- your choice)
2-3T extra virgin olive oil
fresh ground pepper
1 1/2c cucumber slices (peeled, seeded and halved)
1 1/2c halved grape or pear tomatoes (quartered if they're very large)
1/3c thinly sliced shallots (from 1-2 large or a few smaller ones)
1/3-1/2c crumbled feta
For the miso honey dressing:
1/2T white miso
1T rice wine vinegar
1/2T extra virgin olive oil
2-3 grinds of fresh pepper
Preheat oven to 350deg.
Add eggplant to a large bowl and toss with 1-2T olive oil, salt and pepper. The eggplant can absorb alot of liquid, so don't be afraid to add a little more oil if things look really dry. Arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet (or two, depending on the size). Bake for 20min or so, flipping over after about 10min. Reserve the bowl for assembling the panzanella.
Arrange bread cubes on another baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil (or spray with nonstick spray) and bake until browned and crispy, about 10min (I put these in when I tossed the eggplant cubes). Remove from oven and let cool.
In a small bowl, combine miso and honey. Warm slightly in the microwave, just 5-10 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and whisk well. In the large bowl, combine dressing, eggplant, cucumber, tomato and red onion and combine well. This can be prepared ahead of time, just refrigerate until ready to use.
Just before serving, combine toasted bread cubes with vegetable mixture and top with feta before digging in!! The longer it sits, the bread cubes will soften... not necessarily a bad thing as it's absorbing the dressing, but you will lose some of the textural appeal :)
*As part of the Foodbuzz Tastmaker program, I received a coupon for a free loaf of Nature's Pride bread.