Tomatoes are still going strong in our neck of the woods! So, I’m excited to share this recipe for Rustic Spanish Tomato Bread, or as it’s known in Spain, Pan con Tomate! If you’ve never had this amazing tapas, or rustic bread appetizer, then you’ve been missing out. I mean really, who doesn’t love a good piece of grilled bread that is rubbed with garlic and oil, and then topped with a super simple raw tomato sauce? I mean, come on!
Years ago, Nathan and I were super fortunate to spend three weeks in Spain and Portugal. It’s still one of our most favorite trips that we’ve ever taken together. No shockers here, but part of why I enjoyed this trip so much was because of all of the incredible food! Plus, there were TAPAS! Lots of little plates of food that can be shared among the table and everyone gets a bite or two. Honestly, they’re simply snacks! And I come from a snacky family. Aside from just loving to snack all day, we both really loved that we got to try so many different dishes during our time there. We maybe only had one encounter of a tapas dish where we truly had no idea what we were eating. Maybe some intestines or other “not-so-desirable” part of an animal. Other than that, I loved everything!!
One of our favorite dishes was Pan con Tomate
This loosely translates into, “grilled bread slathered with tomatoes.” We noticed that throughout the country, it was prepared slightly different each time. The basics were all there – good fresh crusty bread, flavorful tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and salt. The only difference is that some would slice the tomato in half and rub the inside of the tomato on the top of the grilled bread. This left a faint tomato flavor from all of the juices. Others would grate the tomato on a a cheese grater and then spoon the grated (mostly soupy) tomatoes over the top. That method is my preference. I felt it gave the bread more of a tomato flavor.
Since there aren’t many ingredients to this dish, each step it pretty important. By cutting the whole garlic clove in half and rubbing it onto the hot bread, you immediately have a garlic bread. No fuss with chopping the garlic into chunks. Also, make sure you don’t skimp on the olive oil or the salt. They are the finishing touches to this dish.
Oh and one more thing!
Today’s recipe is about tomatoes for a reason. Over the last 12 months, there have been a number of food bloggers who’ve collaborated on their blogs and Instagram to celebrate one ingredient that’s in season that month. I love this concept! Mainly because it gives us so many recipe ideas for an ingredient that is typically bursting out of our refrigerator. I mean, don’t you feel like you have so many tomatoes around your house? This collaboration has grown to almost 80 bloggers. So many of them are crazy talented and have amazing recipes to share! To give you all plenty of tomato inspiration, while they’re still in season, I’m going to link as many as I can underneath the step-by-step photos.
Pan con Tomate aka Rustic Spanish Tomato Bread
- 1 loaf of your favorite crusty bread
- 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 pound tomatoes on the vine
- 2 garlic cloves
- sea salt or kosher salt
Preheat grill pan or outdoor grill to medium high heat.
Slice the bread and have each slice about 1 inch thick. Drizzle one side with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Just eyeball it.
Place the oil side bread down on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. You want nice grill marks with a slight chard look around the edges.
While you are grilling the bread, grate the tomatoes on a box grater directly into a medium bowl. Be careful of your clothes as it could splatter a bit. When you get down to the skin of the tomato, stop grating and discard the skins.
Remove the skins off two garlic cloves and slice each garlic clove in half. Set aside.
Once the bread is off the grill, rub (using tongs if it's too hot) the cut side of a garlic piece all over the toast. I find that I use about 1 piece of garlic for every 3 pieces of bread.
Spoon a liberal amount of the tomato mixture onto the garlic bread.
Drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately.
Here are some step by step photos:
Here’s a link to all the of contributors to this month’s tomato collaboration. Go check out some super yummy dishes!
- @WhatAnniesEating: Sun Gold Tomato + Calabrian Chili pizza
- @SquareMealRoundTable: Heirloom Tomato, Shallot and Thyme Focaccia
- @well_fedsoul: Heirloom Tomato Galette with Basil Honey Ricotta
- @katie_clova: Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche
- @MangiaWithMichele: Pesto Trapanese (Sicilian Fresh Tomato & Almond Pesto)
- @Fufuinthekitchen: Middle Eastern Tomato & Beef Skillet Dish
- @Beeandthebaker: Heirloom Tomato Spice Cake with Orange Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
- @floursinyourhair: Tomato & Roasted Garlic Mini Galettes
- @aforkfulofyum: Fried Green Tomato Caprese Salad
- @joyosity: Tomato and Eggs over Rice
- @moodyloonbakehouse: Tomato Juice Spheres on Goat Cheese and Fillo
- @jessiesheehanbakes: Everything cream-cheese biscuits with roasted tomatoes
- @Wildflourchi: Heirloom tomato tart
- @alwayseatdessert: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata and Grilled Bread
- @miminew: za’atar tomato tartine
- @retrolillies: Heirloom Tomatoes with Chili Oil, Pesto and Mozzarella
- @worthypause: Paleo Tomato-Basil Cauliflower Rice
- @moreicingthancake: Roasted tomato & malt vinegar slaw
- @kevlette: Beefsteak Tomato Tart with Caramlized Onions
- @ShortgirlTallorder: Roasted Heirloom Tomato & Vegan Pesto Toasts
- @champagneandcookies: Heirloom Cherry Tomato Italian Potato Salad with Basil & Gorgonzola
- @whatshouldimakefor: Tomato “Shortcake” with Whipped Ricotta
- @holajalapeno: Worm Salt Bagels with Rajas Cream Cheese and Tomatoes
- @smartinthekitchen: Indian spiced marinated tomatoes
- @lepetitchefsb: Tomato Walnut Tart (vegan)
- @sixsnippets: Heirloom Tomato and Salted Egg Salad
- @rumblyinmytumbly: Tomato Soup Cake
- @rezelkealoha: Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad
- @saltnpepperhere: Poached Shrimp + Tomato Salad
- @wellseasonedstudio: Sunday Supper Sugo (slow roasted pork shoulder pasta sauce)
- @playswellwithbutter: Summer Caprese Salad Cheese Board
- @thatpassionatefoodie: Cold curried tomato soup with heirloom tomato tart
- @cooking.again: Rigatoni with homemade tomato sauce
- @kaaliberti: Tomato-ricotta galette in herbed crust
- @amodestfeast: Turkish Eggs With Garlic Yogurt and Tomatoes
- @mariannes_kitchen: Eggplant Bruschetta
- @bakingthegoods: Heirloom Tomato & Pimento Cheese Tart
- @thecookbooknerd: BLT salad
- @marenkiersti: Tomato Toast with Homemade Mayo
- @appetiteforhumanity: Classic tomato sandwich on homemade focaccia
- @EatChoFood: Stewed Tomato Noodle Soup
- @crumbtopbaking: Tomato, Arugula and Mozzarella Quiche
- @katiebirdbakes: Heirloom Tomato Tart with Burrata
- @thehealthysins: Roasted Tomatoes and Feta Quiche
- @justaddsalt_: Heirloom Tomato Tart
- @lemonthymeandginger: Creamy Tomato Mozzarella Salad
- @pieceoflovepastries: Upside down tomato cake w basil sugar
- @flottelottehaan: Tomato Avocado Salsa
- @whatskarencooking: Puttanesca Open-Faced Slab Pie
- @FarmandCoastCookery: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
- @bappygirl: Beef and Tomatoes with Egg
- @khabakom: Onion and Tomato tarte tatin
- @thebutterywhisk: Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Asparagus with Fresh Pasta
- @ful.filled: Tomato Cobbler with Cheesy Olive oil Herb Biscuits
- @sugarsalted: Summer tomato salad w/ balsamic red onion
- @batterednbaked: Blistered Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Pesto
- @easyanddelish: Tomato Basil Caipirinha
- @piegirlbakes: Tomato Ricotta Galette
- @KatherineinBrooklyn: Easy Tomato Tart
- @JustDateSyrup: Tomato + Stone Fruit Burrata Salad
- @dukkah_queen: Spicy tomato chutney with curry leaves
- @cleanplateclb: Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Calabrian Chili Oil & Fresh Ricotta
- @karablakechin: Roasted Tomato Sauce with Mini Meatballs
- @mamaclarkskitchen: gazpacho cocktail
- @ritualsofthekitchen: Tomatoe Fatoosh Salad
- @ChefDanielaGerson: Cherry Tomato Confir
- @millielottietoted: Barely Cooked Early Girl Tomatoe Sauce + Tomato Crostata
- @its_a_vegworld_afterall: Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Fresh Herbs