Monday, April 25, 2016

Pan Con Tomate

     I have written about my favorite breakfast, which we began having during trips to Spain.  A wonderful online food purveyor, La Tienda, sells this wonderful tomato sauce.  Very light and mixed with just a bit of salt, garlic and oil, it makes for a very luxurious start to any morning.  I have found myself recently having this for a light lunch coupled with a few slices of jamon iberico.  We have been wondering recently if we could make the tomato sauce. With such few ingredients, it could not be hard.  Several recipes I found called for grating fresh tomatoes.  That seems to be a lot of work and it isn't tomato season yet.

     Then I remembered the six jars of crushed organic tomatoes that my CSA had been selling at the end of the season.  Now most of the work had been done for me.  I added two cloves of garlic, 2 teaspoons of very good quality olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Combine and taste.  I wanted a bit more garlic so I minced another large clove and added a bit more salt.  You do not want to add too much salt as when you make the dish, you sprinkle it on the top anyway.

     From Whole Fields, I have found very good Portuguese rolls.  Slice one and set it under the broiler for a minute or so to toast.  Plate the toast.  Then drizzle with a bit of olive oil and swirl it around the bread so that the bread can begin to soak in the oil.  Now Dear Daughter and Dear Husband add a bit of salt to the bread at this stage.  I wait until the end.  I add a few teaspoons of the tomato mixture and then sprinkle the salt on top.  This is a great breakfast or light lunch, while sitting out on the deck with the sun streaming over you.  If you are adventurous, have a glass of Cava and dream of being in Spain.

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