When it comes to cooking, I’m the queen of improvisation. Often the boyfriend looks at me with big, hungry, sad puppy eyes and says that there’s nothing left in the fridge. That’s when I work some magic and prepare a yummy dish with whatever is at hand.
You know how it is – often you end up with a last bit of bread during the week that is not yet bad, but a bit stale. I hate to throw away good bread.
Here’s an idea what I do with that last bit of hard bread – Italian Style Bread Salad! It’s a great dish to use up all sorts of leftovers and it can be varied endlessly.
- Some leftover bread, cut in bite-sized cubes
- Fresh tomatoes of any kind
- Olive Oil
- Salt, pepper, fresh or dried herbs
Additional optional ingredients:
- Bacon cubes
- Spring onions
- sundried tomatoes
- feta cheese or mozzarella
- Crema di Balsamico
You can ditch all of the optional ingredients and still have a great dinner. I’ll jot down the description of the dish how I prepared it the other day with most of the additional stuff. If you don’t like them or don’t have them – simply ignore. 🙂
Heat some Olive Oil in a wide pan (I always use my trusty Wok for everything). Stir Fry bacon cubes, one or two diced onions and some garlic to taste. Add bread cubes and stir fry them until they are lightly crispy and golden brown. You might want to add some olive oil to help the process, but don’t over do it. If you happen to have some pesto of any kind at hand, add a tablespoon (I used some left-over wild garlic pesto). Add herbs (dried Italian herbs work great, but a mix of salad herbs is fine, too), pepper and if needed a little bit of salt. Careful with the salt if you already use bacon.
Add some finely chopped sundried tomatoes. I love sundried tomatoes, I think you can taste the sun that they’ve soaked up, they are sweet and oh so flavourful! They add a nice little extra.
If you use cherry tomatoes, cut them in half. Dice normal sized tomatoes. I happened to have pearl tomatoes and just tossed them whole into the mix.
Take the pan off the heat, toss the mixture with some finely chopped spring onions and rucola if you happen to have some, top with some feta cheese and drizzle with Crema di Balsamico. (serve some fresh cucumber on the side if desired) Serve and enjoy!