Here it is! Your first authentic recipe from Spain! Pa amb tomaquet', or Catalan Tomato Bread.
They do the most amazing Fresh Tomato Bread here. And it's really simple. Grab a pen........are you ready?!?
Here's what you'll need:
Thin slices of your favorite bread
Fresh garlic cloves (several)
Fresh, ripe tomatoes
First of all, you should not try this in the winter. The results of this delicious (simple) dish lies entirely with the flavor of the tomatoes. They need to be fresh from the vine. This does not seem to be an issue here in Spain, as we saw from the market. I'm not sure when I've seen so many varieties of tomatoes in one place.
Lay the bread slices on a baking tray and toast them for a few minutes.
Then, peel the garlic, and rub each slice of bread generously with fresh garlic.
Next, slice the tomatoes in half vertically (Important! This preseres the juices, which you want to transfer to the bread), and then smoosh (yes this is an official cooking term) a half tomato onto each bread slice ~ juice, seeds, pulp, & all. Just smoosh the heck out of it.
Then: Sprinkle with coarse salt.
Walah! You now have the Fresh Tomato Bread that is served at every meal, in every Tapa's Bar, in every restaurant, everywhere in Barcelona. It's delicious. I'm already addicted!
One evening (at a very nice restaurant) they even brought it all to the table to let you do-it-yourself! Interesting.
Try it, then let me know if you love as much as I do!