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Let’s start this week with one of my favourite Spanish breakfast options: pan con tomate (bread with tomato) and café con leche (coffee with milk). And if you want to make it really special you can ask for a slice of Spanish ham with it.
Breakfast in Spain is not a large meal, actually it usually involves some coffee, with or without milk and some sweet pastry, which varies according to the region you are in. In Madrid the typical breakfast will be churros with hot chocolate or coffee.
But nowadays you can see toast of bread with tomato in all the coffee shops you will find. This delicious combination of fresh grated tomato, olive oil and a pinch of salt over a crisp piece of bread makes for a delicious, healthy and light way to start your day.
The origins of this bread with tomato is not clear, Catalonia and Andalusia claim to be the inventors of this recipe, the truth is since tomato was brought to Spain it has been a very important part of its gastronomy.
If you want to try making this at home the recipe couldn’t be easier. The only trick is the quality of the ingredients.
- White bread (made of wheat).
- Olive oil.
Cut a big slice of bread and toast it, while this is in the toaster grate the tomato with a box grater (see how), once the bread is ready, put a generous portion of the tomato puree over it, season with some olive oil and a pinch of salt, and enjoy.