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Tomato Bread, A New Year's Appetizer

When we visited Spain for the first time this fall, we were extremely excited to learn about a new food culture. We love to explore the local foods and in this case, we learned about tomato bread. It was the first thing served to us at every restaurant we visited. A basket of fresh hot bread, with olive oil and a bowl of tomatoes.  The tomatoes in Spain are a treat, let me tell you!


Tomato bread is made with five ingredients, each that should be of the highest quality. Buy the best bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and flaky salt you can find. Each ingredient contributes fully to this delicious bread.


The way I liked it the best is when all the ingredients were served up, and each of us made our own. That way the bread doesn't get too soggy if you don't eat it right away.  If you want to make it ahead of time, then just wait until the last minute to add the grated tomato.

Tomatoes: make sure the tomatoes are the best you can find. Red, ripe, juicy, on the vine, the very best. This is one of the highlights of this appetizer.

Olive oil: I like a very fruity olive oil. Spanish olive oils tend to be very fruity so for me that is the best choice.

Bread: choose a fresh square ciabatta if you can find it, otherwise, any fresh baguette will do. Be sure to broil the bread and get a nice char on it. That helps "grate" the garlic when you spread it on the bread.

Garlic: whole, unpeeled fresh garlic is the best. Leaving the peel on gives you something to protect your fingers from garlic juice.

Salt: any good salt will do, but I like a good flaky salt that adds flavor and a bit of crunch. Salt is important to this app, don't leave it out.


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Tomato Bread

Tomato Bread

Adapted from a tapa we enjoyed while in Spain. We fell in love with this delicious bread.
prep time: 8 Mcook time: 7 Mtotal time: 15 M

ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic, unpeeled
  • olive oil
  • flaky sea salt

instructions:

How to cook Tomato Bread

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half across the middle. 
  3. Hold a box grater over a bowl. Grate the cut side of the tomato down to the skin.
  4. Continue to grate tomato until all pieces are grated.
  5. Slice baguette in half horizontally then cut each half into four equal pieces.
  6. Drizzle on olive oil.
  7. Place in broiler until edges are charred.
  8. Cut the garlic in half and rub over the broiled bread.
  9. Spoon grated tomato over the bread until all slices are covered.
  10. Broil again for 1-2 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with salt.
  12. Serve hot.
Calories
131.89
Fat (grams)
2.76
Sat. Fat (grams)
0.47
Carbs (grams)
22.50
Fiber (grams)
1.36
Net carbs
21.15
Sugar (grams)
2.69
Protein (grams)
4.66
Sodium (milligrams)
246.17
Cholesterol (grams)
0.00

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  1. Nothing like a basket full of fresh hot bread! We love the addition of fresh tomatoes too! Would make a great starter x

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