Tomato and Fennel Tart with Basil Mascarpone - Chef Recipe by John T. Bailey
"The secret to this dish is the full flavoured tomatoes and fresh ingredients." - John T. Bailey.
"Panzanella is a salad made from stale bread and leftover summer vegetables. At home we would never waste anything. You can always make something delicious." ~ Nicola Coccia.
350 g mixed cherry tomatoes, halved 1 Lebanese cucumber, diced
100 g fresh borlotti beans
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 baby fennel, sliced
1 handful fennel fronds
50 ml apple cider vinegar
1 handful basil leaves
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 slices Officina sourdough sea salt
Char the sourdough on a hot grill and place into a bowl. Mix the apple cider vinegar with 100ml of water, pour over the bread, and allow to soak for 2 minutes. Remove the bread, reserving the remaining liquid, cut into chunks and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, borlotti beans, fennel, and onion, then season with a generous pinch of salt. Toss with the olive oil, then add the bread.
Arrange the panzanella onto a serving plate, garnish with the fennel fronds and basil leaves, then drizzle with the reserved bread soaking liquid.