Grilled Tomato Bread

In a nutshell, Grilled Tomato Bread is smashed tomato on toast. But it tastes like much more! Rub garlic on grilled bread, sprinkle with salt, spread with tomato. Done! At my house, these disappear as fast as I can make them.

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Snack, Sandwich
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 loaf crusty bread, ciabatta, sour dough
  • 1 garlic clove, split in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt


  1. Cut bread into individual slices, about 1/2-inch thick. Brush one side with olive oil.
  2. Grill bread over medium heat, or broil, to toast. Don’t overdo the toasting, you still want the bread to remain chewy. Depending on heat, this may be 2-4 minutes. Remove bread and rub garlic clove over toasted side of bread. Flesh-side down, rub tomato half* over bread allowing tomato to break up over the bread. Sprinkle with salt. Serve.
  3. *Note: Rather than rubbing the tomato over the bread, you may grate the tomato with the coarse side of a box grater. Trim the top of the tomato. Place the grater over a bowl. Grate tomato over the largest holes until you reach the skin.


Keywords: grilled bread, tomato bread, how can I use tomatoes, easy tomato recipe

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