Though it's a common and inexpensive ingredient, cornmeal can take many forms -- bread, muffins, puddings, spoon breads, and more. Whether it's salty or sweet, crumbly or creamy, cornbread can be a perfect accompaniment to all types of meals.
A simple swap is all it takes to reimagine panzanella. This Italian summer salad usually features cubes of day-old rustic bread and tomatoes, tossed with basil leaves and a simple vinaigrette. But slices of ripe, juicy peaches in place of, or in addition to, the tomatoes bring a different (but entirely welcome) sweetness to the mix.
Garlic bread, Spanish-style: Rub baguette slices with garlic cloves, brush with extra-virgin olive oil, and grill to a crisp, then rub with cut plum tomatoes -- that's the traditional version of these Catalan toasts. Here, they're given the special-occasion treatment with oven-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, and other toppings, all inspired by the flavors of the region.This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).