Toasted bread with some fresh tomatoes it is so simple but something I could eat every day. To eat bread this way is typically Spanish and in Spain you will find that bread with tomatoes is the most common breakfast dish. And when you want some more this bread is also making is appearance on a tapas menu. The flavour of this dish is all about good quality ingredients. Fresh tomatoes, crunchy bread and some smooth olive oil.
When I was in Madrid for a couple of days, pan con tomate was my standard breakfast. Almost every coffee shop serves this in this morning, along with some crispy churros, but that is another story. Most of the time you can choose between two versions; bread with tomato or bread with tomato and ham. So at home or in Spain I would recommend to try both at least once. The bread without the ham is more fresh, but the bread with ham is also great, I mean what is there to fault on some good Spanish Jamon.
Once back from Spain I kind of forget about the lovely bread with tomato. A shame of course, especially when you know how easy it is to make some home made pan con tomate. It is all about finding some good tomatoes. I like my tomatoes a little bit tangy and sweet. You just have to grate the tomatoes and add a pinch of salt to bring forth the natural flavours.
Bread with tomatoPrint Recipe
- 5 medium size ripe tomatoes
- pinch of salt
- teaspoon of olive oil, and more to serve
- bread (sliced)
Cut the tomatoes in half and grate the tomatoes with your palm flattened
Grate all the flesh of the tomato till you reach the skin of the tomato, the skin can be discarded
Mix the grated flesh with a pinch of salt and a drip of olive oil
Toast the slices of bread
Pour some extra olive oil (to taste) on the toasted bread and add the grated tomato
You can also add some fresh grounded pepper and some grated garlic to this recipe. But for breakfast I like the tomato dip so fresh as possible.