Idaho Potato Panzanella Stack

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Idaho Potato Panzanella Stack

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This recipe is a fun one that I created for Idaho Potato Commission and featured in their 2017 calendar. I hope you will enjoy making it and eating it as I did enjoy creating it.

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Ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: BASIL OIL
• ½ bunch basil, about 2 cups
• ¼ cup olive oil
• Salt and pepper, to taste

INGREDIENTS: BALSAMIC REDUCTION
• ½ cup balsamic vinegar
• ¼ cup honey

INGREDIENTS: BACON BRUSCHETTA
• 8 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
• ½ cup bacon, cooked and chopped
• ½ cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
• ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, finely minced
• ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• Salt and pepper, to taste

INGREDIENTS: STACK
• 2 large Idaho® Russet Potatoes
• Kosher salt and white pepper, to taste
• Olive oil as needed for frying (optional)
• Basil Oil (see recipe)
• Balsamic Reduction (see recipe)
• 2 plump medium tomatoes, sliced
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 8 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese, seasoned with salt and pepper
• 1 head baby romaine hearts, cut into 8 slices and lightly grilled
• Bacon Bruschetta (see recipe)

Directions:

DIRECTIONS: BASIL OIL

1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth, about 20-30 seconds.

DIRECTIONS: BALSAMIC REDUCTION

1. Place the vinegar and honey in a saucepot over high heat, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until reduced by half. Let cool.

DIRECTIONS: BACON BRUSCHETTA

1. Combine all the ingredients except salt and pepper in a bowl, then add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside, unrefrigerated, for 3 hours.

DIRECTIONS: STACK

1. Wash and slice each potato into 6 long planks (12 pieces total); season with kosher salt and white pepper. Fry planks in olive oil or bake until tender; let cool.

2. Drizzle a plate with some Basil Oil and Balsamic Reduction.

3. Gently toss tomato slices in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

4. Per portion: Lay a slice of potato onto the plate, followed by a tomato slice, a mozzarella slice and a slice of grilled romaine. As you layer, drizzle each component with Basil Oil and Balsamic Reduction.

5. Repeat the layering process and top with one piece of potato, then garnish with 1 tablespoon of the Bacon Bruschetta.

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