Catalan Tomato Toasts

  • Catalan Tomato Toasts

Catalan Tomato Toasts


(makes 12 serves)


This extremely simple starter is perfect to serve at a barbecue when tomatoes are at their peak.  Enter into the spirit of the occasion by encouraging DIY from your guests.



3 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp flaky sea salt

30ml (2 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil

1/2-1 sourdough loaf (cut into 1cm thick slices)

1 kg {12) tomatoes (very ripe and halved widthways)

flaky  sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

extra virgin olive oil


  • Crush garlic with first measure of salt. Do this in mortar with a pestle, or by placing garlic and salt on a chopping board and squashing with a chef’s knife laid flat to the board. Leave in mortar or place in a bowl, and slowly add oil, mixing to combine. 
  • Preheat char grill or barbecue to hot.
  • Place bread slices on char grill or barbecue, and toast both sides until golden brown.
  • Working quickly so toast remains warm rub both sides of toast with tomatoes, squeezing tomato halves slightly as you rub, leaving seeds and juice on the toast.
  • Drizzle or spread both sides of toast with garlic oil mixture and sprinkle top side with salt and pepper. Serve immediately offering additional extra virgin olive oil.