January 19, 2012

Winter Panzanella Salad {Guest Post}

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Thursday, Thursday, Thursday!!!!!
I am so excited its almost the weekend, you have no idea.

And today I have the pleasure of introducing you all to Carrie, the fabulous, beautiful, talented woman behind the blog Bakeaholic Mama. Carrie and I have been long-time (in bloggy-terms) foodie friends. Carrie is a wonderful mother of 3 children and her precious black lab. There are many things that Carrie and I share in common other than cooking in that, she is an avid reading addict, loves the beach, smore's, mexican food and a nice tall glass of champagne. 

Yes Please!

She also has a love for photography and take wonderful pictures, but as much I would like to say I love it as well, I constantly battle the concept of 'food photography lighting' but still I snap on.

We're a perfect bloggy pair. haha

There is another small bit that we have in common... Carrie is one of the lucky few to be married to her high school sweetheart. She has known her husband since 2nd grade {howwwwwwww adorable}. Now, I am not married yet but I am blissfully happy and in love with my forever-ago crush at 13 yrs old from when we met. Sometimes, we had it right the first time around.

Carrie cooks and bakes a wide range of dishes but as she mentioned to be she is a big fan of sweets and breads. I mean, how can you not drool over this Ruby Red Grapefruit Bars that I have to make immediately??? She also has some wonderful healthy snacks and treats like her baked chick peas and roasted red pepper hummus, but who could every say no to a thirsty thursday fluffed hot chocolate... holy cow this looks amazingly delicious! Godiva liquor and fluffed marshmallow vodka, yes please.

Is it cocktail time yet??

Ok, so enough stalling...I introduce to you the lovely and beautiful Carrie!
She is just such a doll!!!!
Oh how excited am I!

I'm pumped to be doing my very first guest post! Thanks so much Laura from A Healthy Jalapeno for having me share my recipe with you all today!

I have been following A Healthy Jalapeno on Facebook and Pinterest for quite sometime now. Every time I read one of Laura's posts I want to eat my veggies! She makes eating healthy, flavorful and fun.

Now I'm am being on my best behavior here.... if you have read my blog you know how much I love my sweets (in moderation of course). This may not be the lowest calorie salad on the block but it has so much going on... you can eat it as a meal! This warm salad is full of winter citrus, savory herbs, creamy cheese, salty pancetta and my favorite veggie... BEETS!

I hope you enjoy it as I did!

Winter Panzanella Salad
Inspired by Tyler Florence

1 bunch of beets
1 big handful of baby spinach
1 big hand full of baby arugula
1 big hand full of mixed greens
1 big hand full of mixed herbs (I used basil, parsley and dill)  
2-4 oz goat cheese
4 slices  pancetta chopped
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 loaf of a crusty multi-grain artisan bread cubed (bite size)
1/2 cup dried cherries (optional)
1/2 cup toasted pecans (optional)
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1 orange
1/2 a lemon
1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs chopped fresh sage
1 clove minced garlic

Pre heat oven to 400. Place beets (tops removed) in foil drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Seal foil and bake for 45-60 minutes or until beets are fork soft. Set beets aside.

Fry pancetta and onion over medium heat until pancetta is crispy and the onions are translucent.
Remove pancetta and onion from the pan leaving the drippings.

Toss your cubed bread in drippings and toast right in the pan until they are all toasted and crispy on the outside (about 5 minutes) Make sure to toss frequently to prevent the bread from burning.

Toss bread with all of your spinach, arugula, greens, herbs, pancetta and onions. Under cold water peel your beets (skin should rub right off). Slice beets over salad. Top with small dollops of goat cheese, dried cherries and pecans.

Whisk all of your dressing ingredients together, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over salad just before serving.

Carrie, that looks amazing and I am so happy that you decided to make a panzanella salad... I have been trying to make a salad like this for so long and always wait too long till the bread is waisted or never get around to making it so when you mentioned this was on your mind, I was super excited. I am drooling over the veggies you added here and how you truly picked some of winters finest to add into the mix. The colors of the salad are vibrant and the mixture of citrus, beets and pancetta is such a fabulous combination I can only imagine {calories or not} how wonderful this salad is... and like you said, everything in moderation. The salad looks fresh and hearty and your photo makes a winter salad look like prime rib at the Bellagio!  

Stop by Carrie's blog, Bakeaholic Mama, and see some of the other mouth watering delicious recipes she's got going on, and let her know I sent you. Her photography and recipes will have you hooked and going back over and over again, I promise you. Plus, as I said before, she is just a doll and one of the sweetest people I have worked with.

Thanks again Carrie for sharing this amazing recipe.


1 comment:

Carrie said...

YAY Thanks so much for having me Laura and all of your kind words. You rock!!