I recently came across a very interesting meal. A true Spainish delight, that's what Pan con Tomate is. Also known as Pa amb tomaquèt, this is a basic staple meal not only for the Catalans (where it originated from), but all over Spain. Talking of cuisines, the Spainards sure have a way with foods. Their unique cooking and food selection is an integral part of their rich history; visiting Spain and not indulging in their foods is almost a sin.
Today's recipe is one of Spain's finest. Very simple and common, this Spanish dish makes one quick tasty breakfast. A perfect healthy dish in its simplicity; that's how i classify this tactfully combined meal of bread and tomato. All you need is bread, tomatoes, olive oil, a pinch of salt and sometimes, garlic (as preferred).
Bread may not rank high on the list of healthy food options; it however has its benefits. Containing fibre, several vitamins and nutrients but high in carbs, bread remains a good source of energy for your day. Thus, an ideal breakfast option (though to be eaten in moderation). Moreover, the addition of tomatoes, olive oil and garlic gives an undeniably healthy punch to this bread meal.
Catalan Tomato Bread
- 1 loaf bread, cut into 3/4 inch slices
- 2 large garlic cloves (optional)
- 3 - 4 ripe Tomatoes
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin Olive oil
Slice the bread into 3/4 inch slices and toast or grill (2 minutes). While the bread is still warm, cut garlic into half and rub sparingly on bread slices.
Wash tomatoes thoroughly, pat dry with paper napkin and cut into half. Rub onto bread slices, drizzle each slice with olive oil, and lastly, sprinkle a pinch of salt on it.
Another variation is to grate tomato pulp into a bowl, add a bit if salt then mix together. After rubbing the garlic on each bread slice, spread your tomato and salt mix, then drizzle with oil.
To make this tasty meal more filling, top bread with some scrambled eggs and (or) sausage. Cheese is another yummy option for toppings.
That's it, you just got yourself a yummy Spanish breakfast! Ensure to serve immediately so the bread doesn't get too soaked up in the tomato juice if left to sit for too long.
Total Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
***The light sprinkling of salt over the tomato and olive oil is absolutely neccessary in blending the unique flavours of this delicious meal.
Real simple and quick, right?