Pan-con-Tomate

Foodie Heaven In Spain- Pan Con Tomate

I love how every country I visit has its own way of serving breakfast and their own traditions in culturally specific foods. This was no different when I visited Spain. My favorite breakfast item I found at every hotel I stayed throughout Spain was the ‘pan con tomate’ spread. It is a tomato spread placed on a piece of toast with garlic, olive oil and a dash of salt.

I’ve seen it served as a tomato type paste ready to spread and I’ve also seen it offered where you take the actual tomato sliced in half and spread it directly on the bread. I found the paste to be tastier. Here is one recipe to prepare the paste.

Pa amb tomàquet - Literally: bread with tomato...

Bread with tomato, Cuisine of Catalonia- Pan con tomate

Serves: 2 cups

Prep Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 60 min
Total:  75 min
Ingredients
8-10 Roma tomatoes, stem removed and chopped
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
3-5 tbsp. Oro Bailen Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Spain) 500ml
salt and pepper
Directions
  1. In a large pot, heat oil.  Saute onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes, then add tomatoes, salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.
  2. Simmer uncovered on medium heat for about 60 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes.  As the mixture reduces by about half the liquid, a thicker sauce will form.  When this occurs, set heat to low and stir more frequently to avoid burning.
  3. Serve with fresh or toasted bread slices or pita.
If you’re looking for a great cookbook full of Spanish cuisine delights, try The Cuisines of Spain: Exploring Regional Home Cooking
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