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Spanish tomato sauce for bread (Pan Tumaca)

The Spanish tomato sauce for bread or Spanish Pan Tumaca, is a traditional Catalan food, although now a days, it is made all over the country. It is not just one of the most popular meals of Spain, but also the easiest to make.

What is Spanish pan tumaca


The Spanish pan tumaca is probably the easiest Spanish recipe.

You will find it of all kinds, from very luxury and elaborated to some very simple ones, but the truth is that the Catalan pan tumaca is a slice of bread with tomato and oil on top of it.

Pan con tomate recipe


The Catalan tomato bread is a must try when you visit Spain, and luckily, you can also learn to make it and eat it everywhere you go.

Once you learn the pan tumaca recipe you may end up eating it every single day, as the plate is delicious and a little bit vicious as well. Anyway, here is the Spanish tomato sauce for bread (or toast) recipe:

Ingredients to make Spanish bread with tomato:

  • 2 large slices of bread.
  • Between one and two big tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of salt

How to make Spanish tomato sauce for bread

  1. First, cut the tomato or tomatoes in two halves.
  2. With a grater, grate the tomato until it´s almost flat and you have an enough amount of the Spanish tomato sauce.
  3. Put some salt and some olive oil to the sauce
  4. Place and spread the tomato sauce through the slices of bread (the bread should be toasted)
  5. Once is done you will just need to put a piece of Iberic ham at the top of the bread, that way you will have your Spanish tomato bread with jamon serrano ready. Enjoy it! 

Easy tomato bread recipe

The best of the Spanish tomato sauce for bread recipe is that it´s one of the easiest to make. There are not many ingredients needed, and literally in about 5 minutes you will have your food ready to eat. And if this doesn´t convince you yet, you might want to know that it´s very healthy and good for your body. So, what´s your excuse to not eat it?

Tomato toast breakfast and appetizer


The Spanish tomato sauce for bread is one of those meals you wouldn´t mind eating at any time of the day, for lunch, for dinner, between hours…Any time is good for this delicious dish.

But the most common time to eat it, is after waking up on weekends when you feel more relaxed and you don´t have that many responsibilities. When you can take your time and prepare some good Spanish tomatoes on toast for breakfast. It feels good, you should try it, it will make the rest of your day way better.

And in case you didn´t have time during the morning, right before lunch. That time of the day when you are starting to get hungry but not enough to have lunch.

What to add to Spanish tomato bread?


The normal bread with tomato would be a slice of bread with the tomato sauce and olive oil on the top, but instead of oil some people use different ingredients to add to this Spanish meal.

This are some of the most common ones:

-Spanish tomato bread with jamon serrano

This is the most common and traditional one, many people add Iberic ham to the pan tumaca, therefore, you will also find it in most of the restaurants in Spain.

-Bread with tomato and cheese

And again cheese lovers conquering the gastronomic world. As it happens with many other plates, there are people that need to have cheese in every single food they try. The same happens with the bread with tomato. Place some cheese at the top of the tomato and let us know if you like it. Personally, we have never tried it.

-Mozzarella tomato bread

In this case, the Mozzarella, is not the only thing that changes. The piece of tomato is generally not grated. To do it properly, first make sure to preheat the tomatoes and cheese with the bread. Later, add the olive oil and mozzarella and to finish put some pepper, salt and basil on it. After all, place it during 5 minutes in the oven. You will love it!

Enjoy the Spanish tumaca sauce