Pane Con Tomate

Pane Con Tomate

Pane Con Tomate is a very simple tapas with just 5 ingredients. It’s so delicious though. 

I borrowed my recipe from my friend Carlos, it’s a regular, and very welcome addition, to his menu when we go for dinner.  

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  • 2 small ciabatta buns or a ciabatta loaf, cut in half and into big portions
  • 3 ripe large tomatoes, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled but whole
  • Maldon salt to season or a tin of anchovies
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cut your tomatoes in half and using a box grater, grate them with a flat hand into a bowl. You should be left with the skin, which can be discarded. Leave it for a couple of hours to let the flavours mingle.
  2. Set up your Big Green Egg for a direct cook with just the stainless steel grid. Set the Egg to 200°C.
  3. Spread a liberal coating of olive oil onto the cut side of your bread. 
  4. Place the oiled bread crust up to toast the cut side of the bread. This will take about 2 minutes.
  5. Take the bread off your Egg and rub peeled garlic liberally all over the toasted side of your bread. 
  6. Top it with a very generous portion of the grated tomato.
  7. Either sprinkle with salt, or add a couple of anchovy fillets to each portion.
  8. Return your bread to the grill to toast the bottom of the bread. 
  9. Serve the bread with a nice glass of chilled white wine, an Txakoli would be perfect in my opinion, but I’d settle for an Albarino. 

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