4 cups day old ciabatta or baguette, torn into small ½-1 inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 nectarines or peaches, nice and ripe, cut up in ¾-1 inch chunks
1-2 ripe beefsteak or 4 ripe plum tomatoes, cut up in ¾-1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon pickled shallots
¼ cup torn basil leaves
¼ cup torn mint leaves
1 large ball burrata cheese or soft mozzarella cheese
Red wine vinaigrette, recipe follows
In a bowl, toss the bread with the olive oil, smashed garlic clove a big pinch of salt and black pepper until well combined. Bake on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, at 400 degrees until golden brown and very crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool.
In a large bowl, mix together the toasted bread, stone fruit, tomatoes, pickled shallots, and torn herbs. Season with a pinch of salt and dress with as much red wine vinaigrette as desired. Toss to combine well. Serve with pieces of the cheese on top.
Red Wine Vinaigrette
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon red crushed chili flakes
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Whisk together the olive oil and red wine vinegar, season with a big pinch of kosher salt and a pinch of black pepper. Taste for seasoning, re-season if necessary.
4 shallots sliced ¼-inch thin placed in a small bowl over a bowl of ice and water
1 cup cider vinegar
½ cup water
1½ tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
Bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, peppercorns and bay leaf to a boil, reduce to a simmer until the sugar dissolves. Pour over the shallots; allow to cool in the liquid; store in its liquid.