Pa amb tomaquet is an easy Catalan starter course, which is very traditional in the region including Barcelona. It can be served on its own, as a starter dish or even served as tapas. Sometimes, it is topped with cured ham, sliced botifarras (Catalan traditional sausages) and even anchovies.
Pa amb tomaquet – traditional Catalan fare
Whether serving Pa amb tomaquet as an appetizer or starter course, the host usually provides the toast and ingredients and their guests traditionally prepare their own toasted bread.
Ingredients – serves 4
Four slices of thick crusty Italian or French bread.
In Catalonia they use toasted slices of pa de pagès – which is Catalan peasants’ bread but a good crusty loaf does the same thing!
1 – Tomato, halved
1 – Clove garlic, halved
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Good Quality Sea Salt to taste.
How to make Pa Amb Tomaquet
Grill or toast bread slices and serve at the table hot. It might be best to put them in a bread basket and cover them with a linen towel to keep the bread warm.
Let your guests continue from here guided by your watchful eye!
- Rub toasted bread with the garlic halves
- Next, rub the tomato halves into the toast to soak the surface thoroughly.
- Drizzle the slices with decent olive oil to taste, then sprinkle with some sea salt.
Tip – serve the toasted slices of toast for the pa amb tomaquet hot! A very traditional Catalan cuisine.