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Tomato Rubbed Bread/Pa Amb Tomaquet/Pan con Tomato

Prepared Tomato Rubbed Bread

Prepared Tomato Rubbed Bread


1 ciabatta or 8 slices coarse country white bread, preferably sourdough, about ½ pound

4 cloves garlic, halved, optional

4 small, ripe tomatoes, about 1/3 pound

Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Coarse salt, such as Kosher or flaked salt

  • Grilling is optional: Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill, preheat a gas grill to high or preheat the broiler. You may prefer to use your toaster or toaster oven.
  • If using ciabatta, slice it crosswise into 4-6 pieces, then cut each piece in half horizontally before toasting
  • Place the bread on the grill rack or on a baking sheet.
  • Grill or broil, turning once, until golden broth on both sides, about 2 minutes per side
  • While the toasts are warm, rub with cut side of the garlic halves.
  • Rub the cut sides of the tomato halves on top of the toasts until only the skins are left, then discard the skins.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  • Pile on a platter or in a shallow bowl and serve
  • You and/or your guests may also prepare their own Pa Amb Tomaquet  at the table.
  • This is the first food brought to the table in Catalunya.

Makes 4 servings

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