Panzanella with Sausage

Panzanella with Sausage from We are not Martha

Ingredients:

• 3 medium vine tomatoes, chopped
• 1/2 red onion, chopped 
• 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 4-5 thick slices of Italian bread
• 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil 
• 2 T red wine vinegar
• 1/4 C parmesan, grated
• Small bunch fresh basil leaves, julienned 
• 4 links of Italian sausage (spicy or sweet)


Directions:

1) Chop the tomatoes to whatever size you like. I like to keep them a little bit bigger, but still bite-sized.
2) Combine the tomatoes, red onion, and garlic in a large bowl. Mix together and season with salt and pepper. Let rest for about 15 minutes, so the flavors can marinate.
3) Brush both sides of bread slices with olive oil (using about 2 T of the olive oil). Toast in grill pan (or on an actual grill... Or just in a regular old pan) over medium heat for about 2 minutes.
4) Flip the bread and cover the toasted side with half of the parmesan cheese. Let toast for another 2 minutes. Remove from grill and let cool.
5) Pierce the sausage with a fork or knife and cook it over medium on your grill/grill pan/regular pan, too, until cooked through.
6) Add the vinegar and remaining 2 T olive oil to the tomato mixture. Stir in the basil.
7) Cut the bread into cubes and slice the sausage and mix it into the salad, too.
8) Serve on plates or in bowls and top with the remaining parmesan.


(Serves 4-6)

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