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    Panzanella salad with grilled goat's cheese

    ‘Panzanella is such a versatile salad. Try it with meat or fish instead of cheese – it goes with everything. We have Panzanella salad on the menu at SWALEC. It's simple to make, but you could also use ready-prepared peppers and croutons. Served with goat's cheese, it's a great vegetarian dish.’

    John Chapman, Executive Head Chef, The SWALEC Stadium

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes plus chilling
    • Cooking time: 40 minutes
    • Total time: 60 minutes plus chilling

    Serves: 8


    2 packs Waitrose 2 Sweet Peppers
    1 garlic bulb
    2-3 tbsp olive oil
    2 courgettes, sliced diagonally
    250g pack cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 tbsp capers, rinsed
    100g pitted black olives, halved
    2 tbsp red wine vinegar
    Ciabatta croutons (see tip)
    2 x 100g packs essential
    Waitrose English Goat’s Cheese, each sliced into 4


    1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Brush the peppers and garlic with 1 tbsp oil then roast for 10 minutes. Take out the garlic and continue to cook the peppers for a further 15 minutes until tender, then place in a plastic food bag. When cool, remove the skin and discard with the core and seeds. Slice the flesh and place in a large bowl. Peel and slice the garlic cloves and add to the bowl.

    2. Preheat a ridged non-stick griddle pan. Cook the courgettes on each side for 3-4 minutes until tender then add to the bowl. (You may need to do this in batches.)

    3. Stir in the tomatoes, capers, olives, vinegar and 1-2 tbsp oil. Cover with clingfilm and set aside to allow the flavours to infuse.

    4. Add the croutons to the salad 20 minutes before serving to soak up the juices.

    5. Preheat the grill to hot. Place the cheese slices on a baking tray, drizzle with a little oil and grill for 1-2 minutes until just melting. Place the salad on 8 starter plates, top with the cheese and serve.

    Cook’s tip

    To make the ciabatta croutons, preheat the oven to 140ºC, gas mark 1. Cut a ciabatta loaf into 2.5cm cubes and toss in 2 tbsp olive oil. Spread out on a baking sheet and cook for 50 minutes until lightly browned. Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.

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