Catalan Tomato Bread

, from Issue #20. August, 2015
Photography by Nick Tresidder.
Catalan Tomato Bread

Tomato bread like this is served everywhere in Catalonia. Here we show the method rather than a recipe per se, as quantities depend on what other dishes are being served and how much you can eat! It makes a quick snack for any time of the day and relies on using only the best quality ingredients.


sourdough bread or other dense crumbed bread
whole cloves garlic, peeled
extra virgin olive oil
very ripe vine tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes


Slice the bread 1 cm thick and toast or chargrill until golden. Rub one side of each slice with the garlic cloves then drizzle generously with the olive oil. Halve the tomatoes and squash the pulp onto the bread, discarding the skins. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve immediately.

Menu: Serve with Fried Almonds if desired.