Pangrattato is a fantastic condiment from Italy which is said to have been created as a “poor mans parmigiano”. It is amazing on top of pasta or soup to add some crunch, on top of fish to add some texture or instead of croutons on a salad! The basic recipe is incredibly simple and when you have mastered it, you can mix it up in countless ways to compliment a dish of your choice.
Here is what you need for a very basic Pangrattato:
- A couple of slices of stale bread
- Salt & black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
At this stage, your pantry and your imagination is the limit!
Here are a couple of cool flavour-combinations:
- Garlic, anchovies, parmigiano – perfect instead of croutons on the ceasar salad.
- Lemon, parsley, garlic and chilli flakes – amazing on fish!
- Garlic, walnuts, parsley and a few drops of truffle oil – deliciouse on mushroom soup.
- Pine nuts, lemon, garlic, parmigiano – my personal favourite for pasta.
Here is what you do, it’s seriously simple!
- Chuck all your ingredients in a food processor and blend.
- Toast the breadcrumbs in a dry and hot pan whilst stirring them until they are golden brown and smells incredible.
- Spread the pangrattato on a kitchen towel or some paper and let it cool of.
- Serve on top of the dish of your choice and store in an air tight box.