Content contributor, Oyinda Ayodele shares a simple and healthy breakfast recipe you should try today! The Catalan Tomato Bread.
I recently came across a very interesting meal. A true Spanish delight, that’s what Pan con Tomate is. Also known as Pa amb tomaquèt, this is a basic staple meal not only for the Catalans (where it originated from) but all over Spain. Talking of cuisines, the Spaniards sure have a way with foods. Their unique cooking and food selection is an integral part of their rich history; visiting Spain and not indulging in their foods is almost a sin.
Today’s recipe is very simple and common, this Spanish dish makes one quick tasty breakfast. A perfect healthy dish in its simplicity; that’s how I classify this tactfully combined meal of bread and tomato. All you need is bread, tomatoes, olive oil, a pinch of salt and sometimes, garlic (as preferred).
Bread may not rank high on the list of healthy food options; it, however, has its benefits. Containing fibre, several vitamins and nutrients but high in carbs, bread remains a good source of energy for your day. Thus, an ideal breakfast option (though to be eaten in moderation). Moreover, the addition of tomatoes, olive oil and garlic give an undeniably healthy punch to this bread meal.
What you’ll need:
- 1 loaf bread, cut into 3/4 inch slices
- 2 large garlic cloves (optional)
- 3 – 4 ripe Tomatoes
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin Olive oil
Total Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
1. Slice the bread into 3/4 inch slices and toast or grill (2 minutes). While the bread is still warm, cut garlic into half and rub sparingly on bread slices.
2. Wash tomatoes thoroughly, pat dry with a paper napkin and cut into half. Rub onto bread slices, drizzle each slice with olive oil, and lastly, sprinkle a pinch of salt on it.
Another variation: grate the tomato pulp into a bowl, add a bit if salt then mixes together. After rubbing the garlic on each bread slice spread your tomato and salt mix, then drizzle with oil.
3. To make this tasty meal more filling, top bread with some scrambled eggs and (or) sausage. Cheese is another yummy option for toppings.
4. That’s it; you just got yourself a yummy Spanish breakfast! Ensure to serve immediately so the bread doesn’t get too soaked up in the tomato juice if left to sit for too long.
***The light sprinkling of salt over the tomato and olive oil is absolutely necessary for blending the unique flavours of this delicious meal.
Real simple and quick, right?
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