Pa amb Tomaquet (Pan Con Tomate)

Pan Con Tomate really could be a contender for best breakfast ever. What’s not to like about oven fresh bread, toasted under a grill, drizzled with green olive oil, and heaped with tomato pulp so fresh it sings?

In Barcelona and surrounding Catalunya their version is called  Pa amb Tomaquet,  where the bread is rubbed with garlic, then with a tomato (or sometimes brushed with tomato pulp), then olive oil is drizzled over, followed by salt.

On our second morning in Jerez, we eschewed the rather international looking hotel buffet for a second time (the day before we had gorged on churros and hot chocolate), and walked into town. There are any number of cafes lining the main boulevards, and the four of us plonked ourselves down on a rocky table, perched precariously on a narrow bit of pavement. Our host spoke quickly to the waiter, and within minutes these heaped plates arrived.

Pa amb Tomaquet (Pan Con Tomate)

cafe solo

Chased with a cafe solo or a cafe cortado, this really is the perfect way to start the day.

I wanted to replicate it here in London, but I think I’m going to wait until I can get my hands on some tomatoes straight from the garden in season: this dish works because of the quality of the ingredients. Pappy imported tomatoes are never going to taste right,

I was a guest of  Gonzalez Byass and Tio Pepe Fino in Jerez last month

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11 comments

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we really apreciate you like pa amb tomaquet. rgds from Barcelona Poblenou

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My absolute favourite breakfast too. Ate it every day on holiday. Such a shame it’s nearly impossible to get right in the UK.

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You are so right, In season tomatos are 100x better. This would definitely be my favorite breakfast!
x Eloise – Jazzlipsandtulips

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It’s a contender, but will never beat mushed avocado (with plenty of good olive oil and Maldon) on toasted sourdough. Breakfast of champions.

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I have another Spanish contender: bocadillo con Jason Serrano. When in Barcelona, it’s my breakfast of choice. There is no other ham sandwich like it. But now you made me crave for perfectly ripe tomatoes

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tomato +coffe =gastritis

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Oh my goodness this looks amazing. I want to eat this right now!!

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Happy weekend from Italy!

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The average British tomato has to be one of the most flavourless fruits/veggies known to man. Shame, otherwise this would make a nice change from my usual porridge and banana..

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I’ll have plenty of San Marzano tomatoes in late August. Let’s make a date.

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