Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tapas!...Pan Con Tomate

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There is no better way to enjoy the onslaught of tomatoes we are getting than this simple recipe.  Pan Con Tomate is really not a recipe for bread but a great way of enjoying a real tomato.  It is typical of Valencia and Cataluna and the Balearic Islands of Spain.

One caveat...make sure you have great tomatoes, as in fresh, red and juicy; as well as top of the line olive oil, preferrably Spanish.  With a recipe like this, it's all about the ingredients!


Crusty bread
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea salt
Serrano ham (optional)

Here is what you do: 

Take a slice of crusty bread  and toast or better yet,  grill it.  When the bread is toasted slightly, rub a piece of garlic over it on both sides.  Then slice a tomato in half and rub it over the bread until you get all the pulp in to the bread.  Discard the skin.  Drizzle with olive oil and perhaps a small pinch of sea salt.*  Presto! you now have in your hands one of the most delicious ways to enjoy a tomato!

*If you are also using serrano ham, omit the sea salt and add the slice and drizzle again.  Frankly, I enjoy mine without it!

Photo Credit Google/Las Recetas de Mama


  1. I'm going to try this right now!
    Will probably blog about it later.

  2. Am going to try this right now!
    Will probably blog about it later.

  3. Looks delicious! And I agree this is the freshest, most unadulterated way to enjoy summer tomatoes!
    I prepare them similarly to yours, but had never thought of adding Serrano ham. What a treat.


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