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Southern Skillet Tomato Panzanella



  • 2 tablespoons Bacon Grease
  • 1 1/2 cups Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup Masa Harina (or substitute Flour)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 each Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 3 5/8 cups Furmano’s Salsa Style Petite Diced Tomatoes Spicy Green Chilies & Lime
  • 4 ounces Green Chilies, Chopped
  • 1 each Small Red Onion, Quartered & Thinly Sliced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 each Avocados, Peeled & Seeded & Chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Pour bacon grease into 12" cast iron skillet, sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon cornmeal over surface of skillet and place skillet in oven (keeping a close eye on the pan) until smoking hot.
  3. Mix remaining cornmeal, masa harina or flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into bowl, lightly tossing to combine ingredients.
  4. Stir in buttermilk and eggs and pour batter into hot skillet.
  5. Return skillet to oven and bake for 22 minutes, cornbread should be browned and firm to the touch.
  6. Remove skillet from oven and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  7. Remove cornbread from skillet and cut into 1" cubes, transfer to large bowl and let sit out uncovered all night.
  8. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, then toss cornbread cubes with 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic salt and pepper and spread out mixture onto baking sheet.
  9. Place in hot oven to bake for 15 minutes, until golden and crispy. Transfer to salad bowl.
  10. Add Furmano’s Salsa Style Petite Diced Tomatoes Spicy Green Chilies & Lime, green chilies, onion and cilantro and lightly toss ingredients.
  11. Pour remaining olive oil into carafe, add lime juice and red wine vinegar, shake vigorously to emulsify ingredients.
  12. Drizzle dressing over salad and add avocados, lightly toss and serve immediately.