It’s too darn hot! And all we can bear to even think about here at Brown Baddies Brunch is cold foods like this Sungold Tomato Pan Con Tomate. Pan con tomate is a Spanish tapas dish that is super easy to make with spectacular results especially at the height of tomato season. And you need just 5 ingredients – bread, tomato, olive oil, garlic, and salt, and very little real cooking. We also like to add a crack of black pepper (our favorite is from Diaspora Co.). Many recipes call for box-grating the tomatoes or rubbing the tomatoes on the bread, but if you’re using little tomatoes like sungolds, cherry, or grape tomatoes, like we did here, that sounds like a whole lot of heck. So we’ve made a relaxed version here using a handy dandy food processor. You can serve this on its own, or with some cold, hard-boiled eggs, a Spanish tortilla, a frittata, or other tapas, for a heartier meal.
Sungold Tomato Pan Con Tomate
- Slices of crusty bread
- 1 pint sungold tomatoes, or other small tomatoes like cherry or grape, cut in half
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled with 1 cut lengthwise to rub on bread
- Sea salt, to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for toasting bread and drizzling
- Black pepper, to taste
- Place the tomatoes and 2 garlic cloves in a food processor, and pulse 2-3 times until it forms a chunky puree. If you’re using a mini food processor, you may need to work in batches.
- Transfer tomato mixture to a bowl and stir in sea salt and 2 tbsp of olive oil, and set aside.
- Pan-toast bread with a little olive oil in a pan, about 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Rub the toasts with the cut clove of garlic. Cut the toasts in half also if you want them to be more hand-held like we did here.
- Spread a thin layer of the tomato mixture on the toasts, and let the toasts rest for 3-5 minutes to absorb some of the tomato mixture.
- Finish toasts with a sprinkle of sea salt and a crack of black pepper, and serve immediately.
Do ahead: Tomato mixture can be prepared and chilled in the refrigerator 3-4 hours ahead of serving.
Enjoy! Goes great with a spicy and refreshing Sassy 75.