Pan con tomate (Spanish-style toast with tomato)



If you visit Valencia, Spain, you will find that Spanish people eat a lot. They eat about 7 times a day, but small meals. This is one of the first meals of the day, a humble piece of toast with tomato and extra virgin olive oil. In a few hours, they will probably have some small sandwiches "bocadillos" or "tortilla de patata."

Hope you enjoy this classic Spanish breakfast. You must have very good bread- and all the ingredients must be high quality really.  Bon provecho!


The recipe is below, but watch a video I made here!





Ingredients: 

  • 1 (6") piece of baguette, halved lengthwise
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil (get the best)
  • 1 very ripe tomato
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste

Instructions: 
Grate tomato with a box grater into a bowl. Discard seeds if you want a smoother texture. Meanwhile toast the bread in a small oven or in a large oven at 500 F, for about 8 minutes. 

Then, spoon the tomato over the bread. Serve alongside olive oil and salt so you can put it on as you eat it. That's the way they serve it in the cafes.


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