This Spanish style toast with tomato, also known as: “Pan tumaca”, “Pa amb tomàquet”, “Pa amb oli”, “Pan con tomate”, is a classic breakfast and tapa almost everywhere in Spain, but mainly in some regions of the Mediterranean coast of Spain like: Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands. You only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare it. You can add some Spanish Manchego cheese as a topping for your “Pan tumaca” for a perfect “tapa” or sandwich.
– 8 slices of country bread
– 3 tomatoes
– 1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
– 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
– A pinch of sea salt (or salt to taste)
1. Wash the tomatoes well. Cut them in half and grate them while being careful of not cutting yourself on the box grater.
2. Toast the country bread slices (in a toaster, on a grill or in the oven, as you prefer) until golden.
3. Prepare the garlic as indicated in the ingredients description. Rub it on the toasted bread.
4. Spread the grated tomatoes over the bread; add a small pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil on each bread slice.
In the Balearic Islands it is common to rub the tomato on the bread instead of previously grating the tomato. There is a delicious specific kind of tomatoes for this purpose called “tomate de ramallet”.
I am Margarita Ribot, the cook, photographer and blogger behind Tasty Mediterraneo, a vegetarian food blog where I share healthy, simple and affordable recipes from the Mediterranean cuisine. I grew up in Spain enjoying the healthy Mediterranean diet and lifestyle and I am passionate about healthy eating and cooking Mediterranean recipes.
With the hectic lives that we lead in today’s society, many people are far from having healthy eating and lifestyle habits. I believe that a balanced diet such as the Mediterranean diet is key to live healthy longer and to put you at a lower risk for chronic diseases.
With the hope of encouraging many of you to preparing healthy recipes at home I leave you with one of my favourite quotes:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates.