Italian Steaks & Panzanella with Mozzarella, Tomatoes & Pesto

Italian Steaks & Panzanella

with Mozzarella, Tomatoes & Pesto

40 MIN
4 Servings
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    To make this easy version of panzanella (or Italian bread salad), you’ll make your own golden brown croutons to toss with fresh mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, sweet peppers, and basil pesto.
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    Italian Steaks & Panzanella with Mozzarella, Tomatoes & Pesto
    Title
    • 4 Steaks
    • 2 Sandwich Rolls
    • 4 Persian Cucumbers
    • ½ lb Grape Tomatoes
    • 4 oz Sweet Peppers
    • ⅓ cup Basil Pesto
    • ½ lb Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
    • 2 Tbsps Red Wine Vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Large dice the rolls. Medium dice the cheese. Halve the tomatoes. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then thinly slice into rings. Quarter the cucumbers lengthwise; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. In a large bowl, combine the diced cheese, halved tomatoes, sliced peppers, and cucumber pieces. Add the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

    Make the croutons & start the panzanella
    2 Make the croutons & start the panzanella

    In a large pan (nonstick,  if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the diced rolls; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 10 to 12 minutes, or until browned and toasted. Transfer to the bowl of seasoned cheese and vegetables. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the steaks
    3 Cook the steaks

    Pat the steaks dry with paper towels; season on all sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the Italian seasoning to coat (you may have extra). In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned steaks. Cook, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare, or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

    *An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F for steak.

    Finish the panzanella & serve your dish
    4 Finish the panzanella & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, add the pesto to the bowl of prepared cheese, vegetables, and croutons. Toss to thoroughly coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the rested steaks; slice crosswise against  the grain. Serve the sliced steaks with the finished panzanella on the side. Enjoy! 

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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Large dice the rolls. Medium dice the cheese. Halve the tomatoes. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then thinly slice into rings. Quarter the cucumbers lengthwise; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. In a large bowl, combine the diced cheese, halved tomatoes, sliced peppers, and cucumber pieces. Add the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

    2 Make the croutons & start the panzanella

    In a large pan (nonstick,  if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the diced rolls; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 10 to 12 minutes, or until browned and toasted. Transfer to the bowl of seasoned cheese and vegetables. Wipe out the pan.

    Make the croutons & start the panzanella
    Cook the steaks
    3 Cook the steaks

    Pat the steaks dry with paper towels; season on all sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the Italian seasoning to coat (you may have extra). In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned steaks. Cook, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare, or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

    *An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F for steak.

    4 Finish the panzanella & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, add the pesto to the bowl of prepared cheese, vegetables, and croutons. Toss to thoroughly coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the rested steaks; slice crosswise against  the grain. Serve the sliced steaks with the finished panzanella on the side. Enjoy! 

    Finish the panzanella & serve your dish
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