Grilled Romaine Panzanella

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Grill: 2 mins
  • Stand: 15 mins
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Grilled Romaine Panzanella
Ingredients
1
medium heart of romaine lettuce, cut in half lengthwise
1/4
of a loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally
1
tablespoons olive oil
1
cup grape and/or cherry tomatoes
3
slices bacon
3
tablespoons finely chopped red onion
3
tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2
teaspoon honey
1/8
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2
cup torn fresh basil
1/4
Directions
  1. Brush cut sides of lettuce and bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Thread tomatoes onto skewers,* leaving 1/4 inch between each tomato. For a charcoal or gas grill, place lettuce and bread, cut sides down, and tomato skewers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes or until light grill marks appear on lettuce and tomatoes and bread is toasted, removing food from grill as it is done. Coarsely chop lettuce and cut bread into 1-inch pieces. Remove tomatoes from skewers.
  2. For vinaigrette, in a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Cut up bacon; set aside. If necessary, add enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the reserved drippings to equal 3 tablespoons. Add onion to the reserved drippings; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Cook about 1 minute more or until reduced slightly, stirring to scrape up crusty browned bits.
  3. In a large bowl combine lettuce, bread, tomatoes, bacon, basil, and cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
From the Test Kitchen
Tip:

This recipe can easily be doubled to serve 14 to 16 people.

*Tip:

If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes; drain before using.

Nutrition Facts (Grilled Romaine Panzanella)
    Per serving:
  • 135 kcal cal.,
  • 9 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 13 mg chol.,
  • 245 mg sodium,
  • 8 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 1 g sugar,
  • 4 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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