Rustic Tomato Toast (Pan Con Tomate)

When you have overly ripe tomatoes, almost too soft to slice, make Pan Con Tomate. This humble, rustic toast is a way to take tomatoes and bread and turn them into a meal.  You need only a few simple ingredients but the quality of these ingredients is what creates perfection. Be sure to use the best crusty bread you can find, high quality extra virgin olive oil and the juiciest, overly ripe garden tomatoes. When I made this for the photo shoot, I ate it for lunch and it was so good, I added the remains of the squished tomato to the leftover olive oil and salt on the plate, tore up the extra bread and mopped it up. Absolutely delicious!

Rustic Tomato Toast or Pan Con Tomate


2 slices, crunchy, rustic bread, about 1/2-inch thick

1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half crosswise

1 large ripe, soft tomato, cut in half

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

flaky sea salt


  1. Toast bread. Rub the cut-side of the garlic over the toasted bread.
  2. Press the cut-side of the tomato against the toast, rubbing firmly to release the pulp and juice of the tomato onto the bread.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately.

If you want a more elaborate tomato toast, add sliced avocado, anchovy fillets, fresh mozzarella cheese or grilled shrimp.

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