Catalan Bread with Tomato Sauce Recipe

Pa amb tomàquet on a plate
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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 to 2 servings

This popular Catalan tapa (also known as Pa amb Tomàquet) is easy to make and only requires a few basic ingredients. In this version, we make a sauce from the ripe tomatoes and garlic, which is slightly different than the traditional recipe. It is a quick and simple recipe that is colorful and appealing for breakfast, or as a mid-afternoon or evening snack. Round out the dish by pairing it with beer or wine, olives, and slices of cheese.

Tip: To easily peel tomatoes, bring approximately 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, dip each tomato into boiling water for about 30 seconds and remove. Place in a bowl of cold water. Remove from water -- peel should rub off easily.

What You'll Need

  • 10-inch baguette
  • 2 juicy, ripe tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste

How to Make It

  1. Cut the baguette lengthwise and toast the cut sides under a broiler, or in a toaster oven. (If short baguettes are not available, simply cut a standard size baguette into a 10-inch length.)
  2. Peel the tomatoes and place in a food processor.
  3. Peel garlic clove and place in food processor with tomatoes. Process until tomato and garlic are crushed and thoroughly mixed. Pour tomato mixture into a small bowl to serve.
  1. Drizzle olive oil over toasted sides of baguette. Sprinkle salt on top. Spoon tomato mixture on bread and spread evenly.