“Pan con tomate” literally translated into english means “bread with tomato”. This is a very popular breakfast in Spain with a hot cup of coffee. It is a healthy way to start your day. When you go to the bars or roadside cafes to have tapas , this is a good option too with a glass of chilled beer, wine or sangria. Sometimes you can order it with parma ham, or tuna, but it is delicious on its own. Have it as a side dish with your meal, its vegetarian and you can even opt for gluten free bread when making this. For Jains, please omit the garlic.
French bread loaf, or gluten free bread, into slices 1 cm thick
garlic if you like it
salt and extra virgen olive oil
There is a method to make this. Halve the tomatoes and grate them by hand using a hand grater. You can put them in the blender but it doesnt have the texture required. Grate the garlic too and add it to the grated tomato. Add salt . Toast the bread slices in an oven or on a pan, i prefer a pan as the oven tends to dry the bread out. Apply the grated tomato garlic mixture on it and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Serve immediately. This can be accompanied by cheese, ham and cold cuts of your choice. This is the way it is served in Spain. Jains please omit the garlic. To be a little adventerous you can add chopped parsley, basil etc to the tomatoes. You can also sprinkle a bit of paprika
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOMATOES AND EXTRA VIRGEN OLIVE OIL
Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Olive oil is good for lowering our cholesterol and preventing heart disease. It is best to have extra virgen olive oil raw…just drizzle it on our grilled food, pastas, sauces etc.
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The grated tomato is best had fresh, if you have grated too much tomato dont fret, it can be used in cooking.
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