Andorran Garlic Tomato Toast (Pa Amb Tomaquet) is a fun and creative way to serve a low maintenance appetizer. Tomato, garlic, olive oil, and salt sit atop fresh toast to create a scrumptious taste of Andorra that the whole family will enjoy creating!
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A Lover of Garlic
For those of you that don’t know me too well, I’ll tell you a little fun fact: I’m a fan of garlic.
Actually, scratch that. I’m a big fan of garlic. I am a HUGE fan of garlic. I don’t think there is a single recipe on the planet that couldn’t benefit from a little extra garlic. Well… maybe cake. I don’t know, somebody try that out and prove me wrong, please.
ANYWAYS. Whenever I cook, I tend to use more garlic than the recipe calls for. Most of the time this is okay because a good majority of people feel the same way I do. But sometimes you get a guest who doesn’t like garlic that much, and then my love becomes a problem.
How to Make Andorran Garlic Tomato Toast
That is why this recipe is PERFECT. Andorran Garlic Tomato Toast (Pa Amb Tomaquet) is a perfect recipe for a family dinner because each person can personalize their bread to their own tastes.
To make this recipe, place crusty, fresh bread under the broiler to toast both sides. When the bread is an even brown, serve it alongside garlic cloves, halved tomatoes, olive oil, and salt. Each person takes their turn rubbing the halved tomato and garlic on the bread and then drizzling their desired amount of olive oil and salt.
Usually the garlic cloves are served raw, but I chose to use roasted garlic to dress my bread. To do this, I chopped the top off of a head of garlic, drizzled it with olive oil, and roasted it at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. This made the garlic a little sweeter and easier to spread.
If you have children, this dish would be a great way to start teaching them about Andorran cuisine! It is hands-on but simple (and only a little bit messy). Plus, kids will be sure to love the craft of creating their own bread!
Any way you slice it, this appetizer is bound to be a hit. And even better, as a host(ess), it’s about as low-maintenance as an appetizer can get. So cut open your tomatoes, roast that garlic, and then tell me how it goes (especially if you try this one out with your kids, please and thank you!)
Andorran Garlic Tomato Toast (Pa Amb Tomaquet)
- 1 loaf crusty bread, cut into slices
- 1 tomato, cut in half
- 1 head garlic, roasted
- olive oil, to taste
- sea salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut top off of entire head of garlic to expose cloves.
- Place garlic head in one hole of muffin tin and drizzle with olive oil.
- Place muffin tin in oven and roast until garlic is hot and seems to slightly bubble (about 25 minutes).
- Turn oven to a low broil. Place bread slices on cookie sheets and broil until toasted, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Place bread on table alongside roasted garlic (still in the head), halved tomatoes, olive oil, and a small bowl of salt. Have each guest assemble their toast with whichever ingredients they choose. Use a knife to remove roasted garlic from the head, and rub the entire half of the tomato on the bread.