Mallorcan Tomato Toast is delicious as a meal or party appetizers.
Think about your travels for a minute and I bet you can remember a certain dish from a region/country that can make you smile and your mouth water.
“Food is an effective trigger of deeper memories of feelings and emotions, internal states of the mind and body.” – Harvard University Press
And another effective trigger is Karen Kaplan’s new book Open Faced: Single-Slice Sandwiches from Around the World. I opened it to a recipe for Mallorcan Tomato Toast – a gorgeous Spanish open-faced sandwich – which I immediately wanted to make. The recipe on its own transports me back to such amazing good times in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, where I was married. So, to relive the past in the most luscious way possible I made Mallorcan Tomato Toast. Oh, a favorite is born!
Mallorcan Tomato Toast is just one of many mouth-watering globally-inspired recipes from Kaplan’s book. Inside you will find 65 other savory recipes ready to transport your taste buds on an international journey.
You will discover bitterbrote (Germany), tartines (France) molletes (Mexico) and smorrebrod (Scandinavia) to name just a few.
I recently attended a media meet-and-greet with Karen Kaplan at Melissa’s Produce. Karen a former Bon Appetit editor and world traveler who is a font of information about every aspect of food shared with us her discoveries about the commonality of the open-faced sandwiches around the world. According to Kaplan, the toppings people put on their bread is a window into the culinary soul of their country. I’d never thought of it that way but realized in all my own travels, I’ve certainly observed the unique combinations when tasting open-faced sandwiches everywhere I’ve gone.
Karen assembled these simple and deliciously varied recipes for us, then urged us on to make our own sandwiches, using our own favorite ingredients and imaginations. We sampled many, each more delicious than the last.
Here are a few of the open-faced sandwiches we sampled at Melissa’s Produce:
Roast Beef with Horseradish – Cornichon Cream page 72 (Scandinavia)
Crab and Corn Salad page 103 (Russia)
Hummus with Greek Salad and Yogurt page 119
Ratatouille tartine page 19 (France)
Can you imagine your guests’ delight if they were presented with these gorgeous bites as a meal? Or, perhaps even better, as Karen suggests, letting your guests build their own open-faced sandwiches as a way to build a party, and take your friends on a fascinating journey into the culinary souls’ of the worlds’ cuisine.
Today’s Recipe: Mallorcan Tomato Toasts
Always start with the best and freshest ingredients.
This simple recipe is delicious on its own or it can be the base for anchovies, jamon, cheese and whatever else you might find lurking in your refrigerator.
Mallorcan Tomato Toast is perfect for supper with a salad or serve it as an appetizer with Mini Spanish Potato Tortillas. Karen suggests a white or rose from Mallorca, or the Rioja wine region to enhance your Spanish experience.
Mallorcan Tomato Toast
- 4 slices country bread thick cut
- 4 tomatoes juicy, vine ripened
- extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
- coarse salt for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup oil-cured black olives pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup capers rinsed, drained and minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves minced
Grill, broil, or toast bread. Arrange toasts on a platter or individual plates.
Using a very sharp or serrated knife, cut tomatoes into paper thin slices. Discard core and end pieces.
Arrange tomato slices from 1 tomato across surface of each toast, overlapping if necessary. Using a spatula, press tomato slices into toast to release juices into bread. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt.
Mix olives, parsley, capers, and thyme in a small bowl. Divide mixture among toasts, spooning over tomatoes, and serve.
Whether you like your sandwich rustic or refined, simple or sophisticated, the recipes in Open Faced are easy to make and ideal for weekday cooking, weekend entertaining. And if you love to travel, even if it’s in your mind or on your plate, this book is for you.
…and then, she paused for thought
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Open Faced to review. All opinions are my own.