Tostada con Tomate is everything that Spanish food should be - good quality
ingredients which are simply prepared to provide a delicious taste of Spain.
It's a Spanish breakfast favourite which can also be enjoyed at any time of
the day. The Spanish don't really do breakfasts, as they tend have very late
suppers. Lunch is generally the main meal of the day. If the Spanish
breakfast at all, they have biscuits, pastries or tostada with fruit juice
Tostada con Tomate is toasted baguette with olive oil and tomatoes - the
Spanish don't do butter either! If you buy a toaster in Spain, you'll find
the slots are just the right size to toast a baguette which has been cut
through the middle, then halved lengthwise. This is a great way to use up
day old bread, which would otherwise be fed to the birds or consigned to the
In these Credit Crunch times, Tostada con Tomate is a cheap, healthy and
filling breakfast or snack which is really easy to make. It can also be
served as an appetiser at any time of the day. When we have friends around
for a barbecue, I always serve Tostada con Tomate, olives and banderillas
while the food is cooking. This fills a gap while Tony does his barbecue
thing without ruining everyone's appetite for the main event.
When we have visitors from England, Tostada con Tomate makes a quick but
satisfying breakfast on those mornings when we want to make an early start
for sightseeing or a day on the beach. It's also a healthy snack for
children and teenagers who are always hungry. Try it out on your family, and
you'll wonder how you ever managed without it!
Serves 4 for breakfast or 6 - 8 as tapas
1 standard baguette
1 large or 2 medium ripe tomatoes
1 - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Trim rounded ends from baguette and discard - or crumble for the birds! Cut
bread in half, then slice each half lengthwise. Toast lightly.
When bread is toasted, prick surface with a fork, then drizzle olive oil
over it. Start with the smaller amount, as you don't want the bread to be
too oily. It's easier to add more oil than remove it!
Grate tomato into a bowl, then spread over the bread. Sprinkle with salt and
pepper and serve. If you serve your Tostada at lunch or in the evening, you
may like to cut a clove of garlic in half and rub the cut side over the
bread before spreading with the tomato.