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Spanish Tomato Bread - Pan con Tomate

Posted Sep 01 2009 5:42pm

I love the weekend because it gives me the excuse to deviate from my typical weekday breakfast.  This Sunday morning was no exception.  I woke up late, I was sipping my café con leche with the sun beaming through my living room windows, and I felt my stomach telling me it was time for something good to eat.
I assessed the ingredients I had in the kitchen, and Dee’s Oatmeal Bread (Dee’s One Smart Cookie) was at the top of the list.  I thought about how I could dress up this highly nutritious bread made with oats, sunflowers, and garfava flour.  It occurred to me that it has been quite some time since I have prepared Spanish Tomato Bread, or as it’s known in Spanish, “ Pan con Tomate.”

Pan con Tomate is normally prepared with a good, white crusty baguette or batard type bread.  As we all know, it’s hard to come by a true gluten-free baguette.  Many gluten-free breads tend to crumble in my hands.  Dee’s Oatmeal Bread is a sturdy bread, however, and I suspected that it would be able to stand up to the preparation process for Pan con Tomate.  So, putting aside the fact that I was not eating a typical Spanish, “barra de pan”, I decided to launch ahead and prepare a breakfast that I used to eat regularly when I lived in Granada, Spain back in the early 1990s.

Pan con Tomate is one of the easiest dishes to prepare.  As long as you have two slices of good sturdy bread, a toaster, a clove of garlic, a juicy ripe tomato, olive oil and salt, you have got yourself the ingredients for Pan con Tomate.

Preparation

  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Peel the garlic and rub it over the toasted bread.
  3. Cut the tomato in half and rub that over the bread making sure to squeeze out all the juices.
  4. Drizzle with a generous dose of olive oil. 
  5. Sprinkle with a generous dose of kosher salt.
  6. Enjoy!

Eating Pan con Tomate has opened up a box of memories for me this morning.  I used to enjoy eating this breakfast on the Calle San Jéronimo in Granada right before I would go to teach my English classes.  I tried to google the exact cafeteria I used to frequent, but I couldn’t find it.  Nonetheless, I did dig up a few resources you might want to explore to get a sense of this beautiful city where I was so blessed to live for one year of my life.

Jose Made in Spain

A great program on public television that will introduce you to the foods and wines of Spain.  There is an episode devoted to Granada.

Granada on YouTube

One of a few videos I found on the city of Granada.  The colors in the video just don’t do the city justice.  You have to go there to see it for yourself!

In case you were wondering about the words on the ceramics in the picture above, they translate as:

“Give to the beggar, lady (wife), there is nothing more painful than being blind in the city of Granada.”

I think that saying just about sums it up.

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