Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fat Tush

Just had to say it. Well, this fat tush loves fattoush. It's one of those must haves when tomatoes are in season. I am sure you all have such a list, no? Mine includes fattoush, avocado/tomato/hearts of palm salad, veggie sandwich and gazpacho.
Still have to do the gazpacho...

adapted from Panera Bread Company Cookbook

3 tablespoons chopped preserved lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 of a loaf of bread, cubed and toasted
6 roma tomatoes
2 regular tomatoes, beef steak, early girl...
1/4 cup fresh mint, chiffonade
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
1/2 cup kalamatas, pitted and sliced
1 English cucumber, diced
1 tablespoon za'tar

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients except for the lemon juice, honey and olive oil. Whisk the lemon juice, honey and olive oil together and pour over the salad.
Preserved Lemons
I learned to do these in small quantities as I am the only one that eats them.

Cut a few lemons into quarters, stopping short of the end of the lemon. So its quartered but all stuck together at the bottom. Take a few lemons and juice them, set aside.

In a sterilized pint jar or whatever size you intend to use, pack some kosher salt at the bottom. The reson why it needs to be kosher is that you do not want the iodine is regular salt- it is not good for preserving/canning. Place a lemon down, add more salt. Keep going untilthe jar is filled. Pour the lemon juice of the mixture. Cover and store in a dark, cool place for three weeks.

At this point I refrigerate them and use as needed.


kat said...

Funny someone was asking me how to preserve lemons the other day & now I know.

Marta said...

Ohhh hahahahah I had never gotten it until just now... fat tush! genius!
I love hearts of palm as well! Thank goodness for cans!

Mary said...

The preserved lemons look beautiful. Thanks for the instructions. I, too love fattoush though my concern for my fat tush limit how often it's on my table. HAve a great day lori.

The Blonde Duck said...

It sounds really neat!

Chow and Chatter said...

this sounds awesome and so fresh

Grace said...

mmm--i love the dish and i love your play on the name. :)

Barbara Bakes said...

Your title was a nice chuckle for the day! I've never tried Fattoush, but it looks fresh and delicious!

Lucy said...


Debbie said...

Just made you pumpkin bars and OMG are they delicious! I am going to post them in a day or so and will link them back to you! Thanks for a great recipe!

Katy ~ said...

As good as I've ever seen at Panera's. Looks fab!