Tomato and Stone-Fruit Panzanella With Burrata

 

If you can get your and on some burrata, do it! This is a deeply satisfying dish that I would gladly eat every night of the week. Juicy tomatoes and peaches, bursting with flavour, mingle with basil, olive oil and little nuggets of bread. Mmmm. If you can't find burrata cheese a nice fresh piece of soft mozzarella would do. Give this salad a try tonight!

 

Tomato and Stone-Fruit Panzanella With Burrata

 

3 cups torn sourdough, ciabatta or country bread

6 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1¼ pounds heirloom tomatoes, cut into ½-inch wedges

1 large white peach or nectarine, cut into ½-inch wedges

¼ cup thinly sliced basil

1 small shallot, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon Sherry vinegar

2 balls burrata (about 1 pound total)

 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread croutons across a medium baking sheet and toss with 4 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake croutons, tossing halfway through, until golden and crisp on all sides, about 13 minutes.

 

2. Meanwhile in a large bowl, toss together tomatoes, peaches and basil. Season with salt and let sit to allow flavors to meld, about 10 minutes. Place shallots in a small bowl and cover with ice water. Let shallots crisp, about 8 minutes, then remove them from water. Blot shallots dry and set them aside.

 

3. Just before serving, toss shallots, croutons, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and vinegar with tomato-peach mixture. Season with extra salt and let croutons absorb some of the fruits’ juices, about 5 minutes. Distribute salad among 4 plates and place ½ a ball of burrata on each plate. Season cheese with a pinch of salt and drizzle with additional olive oil. Serve immediately.

 

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