Pan con Tomate: A Must-Have for Your Breakfast Table

The simple things are always the best! This was the very first food we had that first morning in Madrid at Costa Coffee inside el Teatro Real… divine! The Spanish are teaching me how slow down, eat well, relish the company of good friends and enjoy life!

Julia Eats

pan con tomato recipe bread tomato black salt Pan con Tomate

Good ingredients simply prepared is a hallmark of Spanish food. A good example of this is Pan con Tomate (bread with tomato), one of the most iconic dishes found throughout Spain. It can be the basis of a typical Spanish breakfast or served as a tapa along with jamón or anchovies. The recipe is so simple, it can hardly be considered a recipe at all. But a collection of Spanish recipes would not be complete without it.

The story of its origin is that the tomato was used to soften old, stale bread. The presentation varies, just the slightest bit, depending on where you are. In it’s birthplace of Catalonia, ripe tomatoes are rubbed across toasted bread. In southern Spain, we most frequently see a version in which grated tomato pulp is spooned on top of toasted bread. Honestly, this is the only way that we’ve ever…

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