Catalan Tomato Bread


  • 1 (1 pound) loaf French or Italian bread
  • 1 or 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (1/2 pound) ripe tomato, rinsed


  1. Slice loaf in half horizontally. Set halves, cut side upon a 15 x 12-inch baking sheet.
  2. Broil about 4inches from heat until toasted, about 2 minutes. If crust side is soft, turn over and toast 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  3. Cut garlic clove in half.
  4. Rub cloves over cut surface of bread.
  5. Brush or drizzle bread with oil.
  6. Cut tomato in half horizontally; rub cut sides over toast, squeezing slightly to release juices.
  7. Cut bread into 1 1/2-inch wide wedges.