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

Pan con Tomate

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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.


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Baldomero R. October 20, 2013
Topped with salted anchovies, smoked tuna fish or serrano ham (even Parma ham; better "pata negra ham") become a divine starter.
rocio October 5, 2013
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.
bexwithanx6 October 2, 2013
Small typo! I think you mean "at your desk" instead of "you"
Alexander S. October 1, 2013
It's Catalan, and it's called Pa amb tomaquet
HalfPint October 1, 2013
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.
Marian B. October 1, 2013
Yes, sometimes I toast mine too! It is seriously one of my favorite bread foods.
pierino October 1, 2013
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.
Kenzi W. October 1, 2013
I love the idea of applying a tomato.
Marian B. October 1, 2013
Yes, I suppose keeping a blow torch in the file cabinet would be looked down upon.
pierino October 1, 2013
But, a very cool idea. And I'm sure Amanda and Merrill would look the other way.