Heirloom Pan con Tomate
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You’ve indulged in Italian bruschetta more times than you can count. But have you met its Spanish cousin, pan con tomate? It’s about time you did, and you should start with Kylie Mazon-Chambers’s version from her cookbook Share + Savor, a collection of recipes for creating impressive themed appetizer boards.
Translating to “bread with tomato,” this appetizer is traditionally made by grating tomatoes onto toasted ciabatta. Mazon-Chambers also adds garlic and white wine vinegar to the mix, plus chills it overnight to maximize the flavor of the produce. “I think it is important to buy high-quality ingredients for this recipe,” she advises, “such as heirloom tomatoes, high-quality olive oil and fresh bread.”
Take this snack to the next level by pairing it with anchovies and thin-sliced Manchego cheese. Up the ante even further by plating it with chorizo or jamón Ibérico for a Spanish-inspired charcuterie board that will leave your guests in awe.
Reprinted with permission from Share + Savor by Kylie Mazon-Chambers, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020.
2 large heirloom tomatoes
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon (15ml) white wine vinegar
1 loaf ciabatta bread
3 tablespoons (45ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon (4g) packed fresh oregano, chopped
Flaky sea salt
1. Place a box grater in a large bowl. Grate the tomatoes on the largest holes, so that all that’s left over is the tomato skins. Finely chop the tomato skins and add them to the bowl. Stir in the garlic and vinegar, then season to taste with salt. (If the tomatoes were very juicy, drain some of the juice, if necessary.) At this point, the mixture can be covered and refrigerated overnight.
2. Preheat your broiler to high. Halve the ciabatta loaf lengthwise and cut each half into two-inch-thick slices. Place the halves cut side up on an ungreased baking sheet and drizzle the oil over the bread. Broil, checking frequently, until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
3. Spoon the tomato mixture onto the slices of bread. Garnish with the oregano and flaky sea salt to taste and serve immediately, alone or as part of a tapas board.