Pa amb tomàquet

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Pa amb tomàquet, Pa amb oli.

Pa amb tomàquet (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpam tuˈmakət], literally in English: "Bread with tomato") or pa amb oli (Majorcan: [ˌpəmˈbɔɫi], literally in English: "Bread with olive oil") is a simple and typical recipe in Aragon, Catalonia and Majorca

Pa amb tomàquet or pa amb oli consists of bread — optionally toasted — with tomato rubbed over and seasoned with olive oil and salt. Sometimes garlic is rubbed on the bread before rubbing in the tomato. In many Catalan restaurants, the tomato mixture is pre-made and is brushed on the bread. The dish is served accompanied with any sorts of sausages (cured botifarres, xoriço, fuet, etc.), ham, cheeses, anchovies or other marinated fish, or grilled vegetables like escalivada.

In Majorca, pa amb oli is prepared with tomato called Tomàtiga de Ramellet, which is a specific variety of tomatoes on the vine, smaller and with a little bit more intense and sourer taste than normal tomatoes.

The original base used to be made with toasted slices of pa de pagès ('peasants' bread'), a typical round piece of wheat bread of a fair size (from ½ kg to 5 kg, from some 20 cm to 50 cm in diameter).

If the mixture is not premade, there is said to be an ideal order in which the ingredients are integrated to yield the best flavour. First, the garlic is rubbed on the bread. Then the same is done with the tomato. Next comes the salt, and lastly the olive oil. The traditional way to get all the flavours mixed well without having to premake a sauce, is to cut off the heel of a baguette and use it to gently but firmly press all of the ingredients together.

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The origin of this dish is disputed, as tomato is relatively new to Catalan cuisine (it came from America only after the 15th century). Widely regarded as the epitome of Catalan cuisine and identity, some sources claim it is actually a relatively recent (mid to late 19th century) in all the Mediterranean coast of Spain.

The dish shares some similarities with the tomato and olive oil rubbed Ħobż biz-Zejt of Malta, with the Pan-bagnat of Nice, in the Provence region of France and the tomato topped version of Italian bruschetta, and the Cretan meze dakos.

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