Pan con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread)

This simple side dish is made with just a few ingredients, but they add up to big flavor. It’s the perfect use for a lone tomato, sitting on your countertop waiting to be eaten!

Pan con Tomate on a gray plate with tortilla espanola and a green salad.

Italians are known for their bruschetta, but Spaniards? They have the lesser known, but equally as delicious, Pan con Tomate!

The translation is, “bread with tomato”, and it’s a simple recipe, made with bread, a tomato, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar.

My favorite thing about Pan con Tomate is that you can make it in the winter with a less-than-flavorful tomato. It makes a great side dish for Tortilla Española! It’s also great for using up that lone tomato sitting on the countertop.

4 pieces of Pan con Tomate stacked on a cream plate with a blue rim.

Ingredients

  • A baguette works perfectly for the bread. It’s technically French, but a baguette is the closest I’ve seen to the bread that Spaniards use for Pan con Tomate.
  • I used a tomato on the vine. A roma tomato or beefsteak tomato would also work.
  • We’ll rub a whole garlic clove over the bread to impart flavor.
  • Olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt, and a pinch of sugar make the tomato flavor really pop.

How to make pan con tomate

Halve a baguette lengthwise and toast it in the oven until crisp.

While it’s toasting, grate a tomato over a bowl. We want the tomato pulp only—the skin can be discarded.

Grating a Tomato on a handheld grater over a glass bowl.

Combine the tomato pulp with olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt, and a pinch of sugar.

The pinch of sugar is particularly important in the winter when tomatoes aren’t very sweet. You can easily substitute apple cider vinegar, or even white vinegar, for the sherry vinegar.

After the bread is crisp, rub the bread with a garlic clove to impart just a hint of garlic flavor.

Then it’s time to load on the tomato mixture. You can spoon as much or as little of the tomato mixture onto each piece as you’d like. Experiment with it! I love how the tomato mixture makes the crispy bread a little soft—it melts in your mouth.

Pan con Tomate on a gray plate.

FAQs

What type of tomato works best for pan con tomate?
Tomatoes on the vine, roma tomatoes, or beefsteak tomatoes all work well for pan con tomate.

What type of bread works best for pan con tomate?
A bread that is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside works best. A baguette is similar to what is used in Spain for pan con tomate.

Serving pan con tomate

So what pairs well with Pan con Tomate? Tortilla Española, a Spanish potato omelette, is a classic. It also pairs nicely with Seafood Paella.

I love serving Pan con Tomate to guests, along with paella, for an inexpensive dinner party. We’re crossing cultures with cuisine here, but it would also be great with pasta instead of garlic bread!

Pan con Tomate

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📖 Recipe

pan con tomate on a gray plate with a fork nearby

Pan con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread)

Published by Kate
This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled to serve more guests.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 pieces
Calories 81 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ of a 26-inch baguette
  • 1 medium tomato (I used a tomato on the vine)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar (apple cider vinegar works, too)
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 large garlic clove

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice the baguette in half lengthwise. Then slice the baguette halves into thirds to create 3–4 inch portions.
  • Place the baguette slices, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Bake for 10–12 minutes, or until crisp and beginning to brown on the edges.
  • Meanwhile, grate the tomato with a box grater over a bowl. You will have the skin leftover—that is ok—just discard the skin. Stir the olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt, and sugar into the tomato pulp.
  • When the baguette is done toasting, remove from the oven and rub the garlic clove over the cut side of each piece.
  • Spoon approximately one tablespoon of the tomato mixture over each baguette slice (use more or less to taste). Serve immediately.

Notes

Any type of bread that is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside would work well for this recipe.
Use whatever tomatoes you have on hand. Any red tomato would work well! 

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 177mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pan con tomate, side dish
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