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How to Make Spanish Bread

Spanish bread with tomato, also known as pan con tomate or pan a la catalane, is one of the simplest and well-loved dishes from Cataluna, Spain. Spanish bread is easy to prepare and quick to do.

Tomato itself was introduced to Europe by the Spaniards, which originated from the Americas. It was not however commonly eaten in Spain and the whole of Europe until the 18th century. Spanish bread became widely popular during the 19th century, and is still munched on up to this present day.


  • 1 Rustic Style Bread
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • (optional) cheese, ham, chorizo, sausage, or any topping you want to add.


  • Cut the bread to about four to five inches long. Cut the pieces horizontal, as if you would be making a sandwich. Then, slice pieces into around ¾ inches thick.
  • Lightly toast the pieces on both sides. Peel garlic cloves and rub it over each bread slice.
  • Slice the ripe tomatoes into two equal pieces. Get one of the tomato half, and rub it generously into each bread slice.
  • Pour little extra virgin olive oil over the bread pieces and add salt to taste.
  • You can serve the Spanish tomato bread as if, or if you like, you can add cheese, ham, chorizo or sausages or any topping you want to add according to your preference. Serve and enjoy.

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