Recipes For A Crowd is a new category on Esther & Friends. These are tried and true crowd-pleasers that look great on a platter and, most importantly, don’t stress out the host. Who better to kick this off than our resident foodie, Emma Crauford. For our lovely friends in Europe and the US, we will try to incorporate some winter-style recipes in coming weeks. Forgive us our Antipodean summer Christmas and our need for BBQ’s and salads at this time of year…..it must seem very odd! Bon Appetit!
by EMMA CRAUFORD
This is the first of a few posts I am going to dedicate to the Christmas season. Whether you need inspiration for a relaxed summer BBQ with friends or a formal Christmas gathering, over the next few weeks I will post some simple and achievable recipes suitable for those occasions. I can’t wait to hear if any of them make it to your menu!
There are many reasons why this is one of my favourite salads.
Firstly, it’s from Tuscany, Italy. A place I dream of visiting one day. I long to soak up the history, food and culture. I dream of spending a day in an Italian mumma’s kitchen, learning all that I can. I dream of olive groves, foraging for herbs and eating lots and lots of cheese!
The Italians are well known for being wise with their food and never wasting a thing. This salad was born as a way of using up stale bread. Pure genuis, to combine stale bread with some of summers best produce and finest herbs.
Secondly, it is colourful and so pretty on a big white platter. The red, green and white theme make it a perfect Aussie Christmas salad, especially when tomatoes are at their best and full of flavour.
Thirdly, it’s SIMPLE. A little chopping, a little toasting and a quick dressing, this salad is perfect to add to your Christmas menu, which like me, you are probably trying to keep as simple, yet as tasty, as possible.
My version of the Panzanella Salad is based on one I read about in the Quick Smart Cook recipe book, from the ABC delicious magazine.