For this classic tapas morsel, sweet and garlicky tomato spread is the perfect companion for thin slices of salty, dry-cured Spanish ham. Plum tomatoes are called for because they contain less water and therefore have a more intense flavor when they are slow-roasted.

Victoria Abbott Riccardi
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007

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Recipe Summary

total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
1
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • To prepare tomatoes: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

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  • Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each half with some oil, some oregano and salt. Roast for 2 hours. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop the tomatoes and transfer (with juices) to a serving bowl.

  • To serve tapas: Shortly before serving, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Place bread on a baking sheet and brush with some of the remaining garlic oil. Bake until slightly crispy, but not hard, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Let cool slightly. To serve, arrange the bread on a large platter with ham and the bowl of tomato mixture for spreading.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the roasted tomatoes (Steps 1-2) for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Notes: Garlic oil is oil that has been infused with fresh garlic. We like to use it for salad dressings, as dipping oil with crusty bread, in marinades or to simply drizzle over steamed vegetables. Find it at well-stocked supermarkets, at boyajianinc.com or visit eatingwell.com for a recipe to make it.
Serrano ham is full-flavored, savory dry-cured ham made from specific breeds of white pigs. It is traditionally enjoyed very thinly sliced, like its Italian cousin prosciutto. Find it in well-stocked supermarkets, specialty stores or online at tienda.com.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

153 calories; protein 8.6g 17% DV; carbohydrates 14.6g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 2.5g 10% DV; sugars 2.9g; fat 7.3g 11% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 7.6mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 522.4IU 10% DV; vitamin c 8.5mg 14% DV; folate 21.8mcg 5% DV; calcium 56.1mg 6% DV; iron 1mg 5% DV; magnesium 28.6mg 10% DV; potassium 221.8mg 6% DV; sodium 479mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 13% DV.