Pan con Tomate con Aguacate

June 18, 2012
0 Ratings
  • Makes 4 pieces of toast
Author Notes

When I learned as an adult that in Spain, they rub garlic and tomato guts on bread and eat it all the time, I was furious. How come no one had ever told me this sooner? Had I really spent the first twenty five years of my life missing out on this simple but brilliant food? Pan con tomate: Why wasn't *everyone* doing this?

Many years later, I've stopped being angry and started getting serious about my pan con tomate, which can be as simple as rubbing tomato on a sliced bagette or can involve, as my extended family in Catalonia insists, "ajo y amor" ("garlic and love"). It's a great platform for Spanish salumi like fuet or jamón ibérico; it's a heavenly spoon used to scoop up freshly made alioli; it makes for a great frittata sandwich. And spread with ripe, creamy avocado, it's one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast. It's at once comforting and invigorating, rich from the fruit and biting from the garlic.

Find heavy, juicy tomatoes and really good bread. Try peeling the garlic by cutting off the butt end and pulling the skin away. Go easy or light on the ingredients, finding the balance that you like best. And try not to get mad that you haven't been doing this your whole life. —vvvanessa

What You'll Need
  • 4 slices crusty bread, like a sourdough levain or a baguette sliced into 6-inch sections and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled but not crushed
  • 1 ripe tomato, halved at the equator
  • sea salt
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved with pit removed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  1. Toast the bread. While it is still hot, carefully rub the garlic clove all over the surface of the bread.
  2. Next, take the tomato and squeeze, rub, press, and smoosh the seeds, juice, and guts right onto the bread. Depending on the texture of the tomato, one half should be able to cover about 2 slices of toast.
  3. Very lightly salt the toast.
  4. Using a fork, mash the avocado right in its skin. Spread each slice of toast generously with the mashed avocado. Salt again, drizzle with olive oil, and serve right away.

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6 Reviews

Found it! Can't wait to eat this!
vvvanessa June 4, 2013
Buen provecho!
fiveandspice June 20, 2012
So true! Pan con tomate is so insanely much better than it seems like it ought to be. I'm surprised every time. And of course avocado would make it even better!
vvvanessa June 4, 2013
There is little that avocado doesn't make better!
lapadia June 18, 2012
Excellent, V! Just as I remembered from my youth, so similar to my dad's favorite way to use up the crate of avocados from our CA relatives; although we didn't have a great choice of bread back then! Oh, and I love your headnote!!
vvvanessa June 19, 2012
Thanks, lp!