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  Tomato Bread Tapas

Tomato bread topped with ham and basil

At its most basic this tapas recipe can be made in 10 minutes. Add a few twists and twirls and it will still only take you 15 minutes. Complicated or simple, this is one of the most authentic of all tapa recipes.

COOK'S NOTES
Originating from Catalan in Spain, this simple dish is now served all over Spain in varying ways. In its simplest form, toasted bread is rubbed with tomato and garlic then seasoned with salt and pepper. The Spanish for this recipe is pan con tomate but in Catalan it is known as pa amb tomaquet.

Our tomato bread tapas recipe is reasonably simple using blended tomatoes, garlic olive oil and seasoning. We top it off with Spanish ham but cheese or chorizo are superb additions. At the end of this recipe we suggest how this Spanish tomato bread tapas can be prepared in advance and served in a very attractive manner.

The recipe includes a tablespoon of concentrated tomato paste. The reason is simple, tomatoes in the UK never contain the flavour of those in Spain. A tablespoon of tomato paste goes some way to increasing the tomato flavour. Be sure to use largish tomatoes which are fully ripe for the full flavour.

KEY POINTS FOR SPANISH TOMATO BREAD TAPAS

 Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:  
 How Difficult  Easy  Freeze?  No
 Servings

4 tapas

Ingredients

How Much

Spanish ham

60g / 2oz

Tomatoes (ripe)

4 medium

Garlic

2 cloves

Concentrated tomato paste

1 tablespoon

Olive oil

1 tablespoon

Rustic type bread

4 portions

Salt and pepper

To taste

Method for Tomato Bread Tapas

Peel the tomatoes by scouring them lightly with a sharp knife and putting them in boiling  water for 45 seconds. The skins can then easily be removed. Cut the tomatoes into quarters.

Peel and chop the garlic. Blend the tomatoes, concentrated tomato paste, garlic and olive oil with a mini blender or food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Spanish tomato bread tapas with tomato mix served separately

Toast the bread until golden brown. Spread the tomato mixture on the bread, top with Spanish ham and eat immediately. If you want to prepare the tomato bread in advance, don't place the tomato mix on the toasted bread because it will quickly be absorbed making the bread a soggy mass. Instead serve the tomato mix, ham and bread separately as shown in the picture on the left.

2 COMMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE ON TOMATO BREAD TAPAS
2 RATINGS GIVEN - AVERAGE

2 December 2010 From: Not Given
Good

26 April 2011 From: Emily
This is nice and tastey!

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