Tomato-Rubbed Bread with Serrano Ham (Pan con tomate y jamón de serrano)
In many ways, this is the national dish of Catalonia. You'll find it at the start of any good tapas meal across the region--in homes, bars and restaurants. There's something deeply satisfying about the warm bread, ripe tomato and golden oil together. And you can top it with anchovies, cheese or ham to create a true masterpiece. Here are two versions of the dish: one for smaller groups, the other for bigger parties. In the first, more traditional recipe, you rub the tomato directly on the bread and the crunchy toast acts like a grater. In the second, we use a grater for speed, mixing the tomatoes with olive oil and salt.