Tobie Puttock’s Panzanella Salad
1 small loaf of stale ciabatta, crusts removed, and white part roughly torn into bite sized pieces
5 ripe tomatoes, halved
1 red capsicum, grilled, skin removed, flesh roughly torn
tablespoon of salted capers, rinsed
8-12 best quality anchovies
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
best quality extra virgin olive oil
red wine vinegar
freshly cracked pepper and sea salt
10-12 leaves of fresh basil
Squeeze the halved tomatoes over a bowl lined with a sieve reserving the tomato juice and then discard the seeds. Season the tomato juice with a pinch of sea salt and cracked pepper, a splash of red wine vinegar, and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Have a taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Add the torn bread to the bowl with the seasoned liquid and use your hands to squeeze the moisture into the stale bread.
Tear the halved tomatoes and add to the bread with the capsicum, capers, anchovies and the basil and carefully toss the ingredients together (I use my hands).
Serve right away.