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Tomato Bread with Ibérico


Serves 6

  • by from Avec Eric

It is amazing how much flavor can be imparted by rubbing a slice of toast with a garlic clove and fresh tomato. This simple, classic Spanish snack is topped with the country's famous cured ham.

  • 1/4 loaf crusty bread such as a baguette or ciabatta
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 lb. thinly sliced Ibérico ham or Serrano ham
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Cut the loaf of bread crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Toast the bread slices until they are golden brown. Lightly rub the toasted bread with the garlic clove, then rub the tomato, cut side down, thoroughly into the toasts. Top the toasts with a couple of slices of Ibérico ham, drizzle the olive oil over the toasts, and season with a few flakes of coarse sea salt and pepper.

Photo: Avec Eric LLC

This is my go-to appetizer for all my parties and its always the first to go. The only change I make is to puree the tomatoes, garlic, EVOO, salt & pepper then spoon it on the bread and top with the ham. Delicioso!

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