Tostada con tomate - a cheap Spanish breakfast or snack
06 August 2009 @ 21:14
Tostada con tomate (Toast with tomato) is probably the most popular breakfast in Spain. If you walk past a Spanish bar or cafe on a morning, chances are you will see Spaniards eating this, washed down with a cafe con leche. I absolutely love it. It's so simple but so tasty.
When you order it in a bar or cafe, you will get a sliced, toasted baguette with a little bowl of mashed tomatoes (skins removed), a bottle of olive oil and some salt. You are supposed to prick the baguette with a fork a few times (to help the olive oil soak in). You then pour the olive oil on the toasted baguette. Then you add a generous amount of the tomato and then some salt to season. Sometimes people will rub garlic onto the toast before the oil is added, but I'm not sure I'd want to start the day with garlic breath!
When you order it in a bar, it usual comes in 2 sizes
tostada - both halves of the baguette (as in the photo above)
media tostada - one half of the baguette
For a tostada and a coffee, it should only cost a couple of euros, which is really good value because it certainly fills you up. It's even cheaper if you make your own.
Here's the recipe, which is a doddle.
You will need:
*1/2 Barra (French baguette)
* Cut the baguette in half lengthways and toast on both sides.
* Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil.
* Cut the tomato in half and rub over the bread.
* Add Salt to taste.
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