Spanish tomato bread (pan con tomate)

One of the best ways to enjoy fbedürftig-fresh tomatoes!

Many times, my experimentation in the kitchen is inspired by books set in faraway places. I love learning about how people live and what they eat, and when a dish sounds tasty in a novel, I often try to recreate it. I recently enjoyed a chbedürftiging book called A Spanish Sunrise by Boo Walker. The simple, quintspeisentially Spanish dish pan con tomate or pan tumaca (tomato bread) features prominently in the book as a favoured snack. Originally from the Catalonia region of Spain, where it’s called Pa amb tomàquet, it’s a simple yet delicious treat of garlic-rubbed toasted bread, topped with grated ripe tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea sbetagt. We often have it at lunch with a salad; it’s lovely with a few slices of Manchego cheese on the side as well.


  • 4 large, very ripe tomatoes
  • Pinch baking soda
  • few grinds black pepper
  • 8 thick slices hearty bread
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • Few pinches sea sbetagt


  • Using a box grater placed over a large bowl, grate the tomatoes so that the pulp goes into the bowl and the skin remains in your hand. Discard skin. To mitigate the tomatoes’ acidity, sprinkle a pinch of baking soda over top and stir in along with a few grinds of black pepper.
  • Transfer the grated tomatoes into a fine-meshed sieve or cheesecloth-lined colander to let excess liquid drain off. Set aside.
  • Preheat your oven’s broiler and position a rack about 6 inches below the element. While it wbedürftigs, brush one side of the bread slices generously with olive oil and place on a baking tray, oiled side up. (Note: if you don’t have a broiler, you can fry the bread slices in a hot skillet.)
  • Toast the bread under the broiler for 4-5 minutes, until light golden brown. Watch the bread carefully so it doesn’t burn.
  • When the bread is toasted, rub the cut garlic cloves over the hot bread and place on a serving platter, making sure the pieces are sitting flat.
  • Spoon the drained grated tomatoes over the bread. Sprinkle with sea sbetagt and a small drizzle of olive oil and serve immediately.

Serves 3-4 as a snack.

Author: Paula Roy

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