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As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, in partnership with Earthbound Farm, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today: A Spanish staple that's greater than the sum of its parts.

Pan con Tomate

Before you forget about tomatoes, you should make Pan con Tomate, that Spanish mainstay that is essentially a lazy man's bruschetta. You can construct it at you desk, with ingredients that you've grabbed while running out of your apartment in the dark (a tomato, a hunk of bread from last night's dinner) and a few staples you should be keeping at the office anyways (oil, salt). 

Slice open a baguette and a tomato. Rub the former into the latter, guts and all; it should look like a crime scene. Err on the side of more tomato. Drizzle on your oil, throw on a pinch of salt, and you're good to go. Rustle up a salad (you're keeping greens in the work fridge, right?) and some protein, and you'll be laughing in the face of that 3 PM slump.

 

We're partnering with Earthbound Farm to bring you always fresh, never sad lunch ideas. Because dinner shouldn't be the only time that you put care into what you're eating.

Tags: pan con tomate, lunch, salad, spanish, tomato recipe

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almost 2 years ago Baldomero Ruiz

Topped with salted anchovies, smoked tuna fish or serrano ham (even Parma ham; better "pata negra ham") become a divine starter.

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almost 2 years ago rocio

Pan con tomate is more likely to be a breakfast. Although Spanish breakfast could be English time lunch ; p. Give a try with manchego cheese o jamón serrano.

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almost 2 years ago bexwithanx6

Small typo! I think you mean "at your desk" instead of "you"

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almost 2 years ago Alexander Somovilla DeMiguel

It's Catalan, and it's called Pa amb tomaquet

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almost 2 years ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

I toast my bread, rub the cut-side with a small garlic clove, then with the tomato. I've loved this since my trip to Barcelona and this was served with just about every lunch.

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almost 2 years ago Marian Bull

Yes, sometimes I toast mine too! It is seriously one of my favorite bread foods.

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almost 2 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

HalfPint, yes that is the Catalan style of making it. In Barca its name is pa amb tomàquet. Unfortunately most company lunch rooms don't come fitted with grilling accessories. I suppose you could grill the bread in the morning at home, rub it with garlic and wrap in foil. Apply the tomato at the office.

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almost 2 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

I love the idea of applying a tomato.

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almost 2 years ago Marian Bull

Yes, I suppose keeping a blow torch in the file cabinet would be looked down upon.

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almost 2 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

But, a very cool idea. And I'm sure Amanda and Merrill would look the other way.