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Making Pan con Tomate - Gather the Ingredients and Slice the 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. Although the Spaniards brought the tomato to Europe from America, the tomato was not commonly eaten in Spain until the 18th century. It is believed that Tomato Bread became popular in the 19th century.
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.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Making Pan con Tomate - Toast the Bread and Rub with Garlic
First, 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. The cloves will eventually wear down after being rubbed against the toasted bread and you will end up with stubby little pieces that are impossible to hold.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Making Pan con Tomate - Rub Bread with Tomato
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.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
Making Pan con Tomate - Drizzle with Olive Oil
Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the slice of bread. Salt to taste.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Making Pan con Tomate - Top with Cheese, Chorizo or Ham
If you like, enjoy the Tomato Bread or Pan con Tomate by itself. However, if you want to make the dish a little more substantial, add Spanish Serrano ham, Spanish cheese, such as Manchego cheese or some Spanish chorizo sausage.