Thursday, July 09, 2009

Pan Catalan

To go with our Vegetable and Brown Rice Paella, I made this quick flavored bread. It's similar to Giada's Lemon-Parsley Bruschetta, but with a tomato flavor instead of the lemon. The secret really is this: if you toast some good bread and then rub fresh garlic over it, it will taste delicious. Other flavors just add to the gloriousness of the garlic. We would definitely make this again.

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Pan Catalan
Cooking Light, 10/05

This flavorful Spanish side dish is worth adding to your repertoire. Use good-quality bread and olive oil. Squeeze the tomatoes as you rub them over the bread to transfer some of the seeds and juice.

1 garlic clove, halved
4 (2-ounce) slices country white bread, toasted
2 plum tomatoes, halved
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil

Rub cut sides of garlic over one side of each bread slice. Discard garlic. Rub 1 side of each bread slice with cut sides of tomato halves; reserve tomatoes for another use. Sprinkle bread evenly with salt. Drizzle with oil.

Yield: 4 servings

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