Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tomato Bread

Pan con Tomate (Bread with Tomato) is sometimes called Pan a la Catalana in other parts of Spain. It is one of the simplest, the most well-loved, the most widely eaten and the most famous dishes from Cataluña. In Catalan, it is called pa amb tomaquet and in Spanish, pan con tomate.  What is Tomato Bread? Tomato Bread is simply toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic and ripe tomato, then drizzled with olive oil and a bit of salt. It can be eaten by itself, but is often topped with cheese, ham or sausage.
  • Rustic-Style Bread
  • 2 Large, Round, Ripe Tomatoes
  • 2 Large Cloves of Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt to Taste
  • Optional: If you wish, add thinly sliced Spanish cheese, chorizo or ham.
It is best to use a rustic-style bread, that is solid and dense. Slice the bread into pieces about ¾ inch thick. Toast the slices lightly on both sides. Peel the garlic cloves and slice a bit off the ends and rub the cut ends over each slice of bread. Slice the ripe tomatoes in half across the middle. Then, using the tomato half, rub the cut side of the tomato generously onto each slice. Finally, sprinkle some salt on the slice, and drizzle with olive oil. Enjoy with meals, or as an appetizer

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