Spanish Toast with Spinach, Raisins & Pinenuts


Makes 8 servings

Rubbing ripe tomatoes and juicy garlic on your toast may seem a bit strange, but in parts of Spain it’s common to find a plate of tomatoes and garlic on the table, waiting for the toast to arrive. Very ripe tomatoes and a hearty, dense bread work best. We like to top our toast with sauteed spinach studded with raisins and pinenuts.

For the spinach topping:

  • 2 pounds fresh spinach, washed and trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

For the toast:

  • 8 thick slices sourdough bread (about a 16-ounce loaf)
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved
  • 3-4 tomatoes, cut in half crosswise (about 3/4 pound)
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Saute the spinach in olive oil over medium heat, until just wilted. Remove from heat and mix in the raisins, pinenuts, salt, and pepper. Cover and keep warm while you prepare the toast. Place bread slices on the rack of a preheated grill. Grill for two minutes on each side – or until lightly browned. If firing up the grill to toast the bread seems like too much work, you can broil or bake it in the oven. While bread is hot, rub one side of each slice with a garlic clove half and a tomato half. (Garlic juice and tomato pulp will rub off onto bread). Discard the tomato peels. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon olive oil over each bread slice and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with sauteed spinach and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information

Spanish Toast with Spinach, Raisins & Pinenuts

Servings per Recipe: 8

Amount per Serving

Calories:  288

Calories from Fat:  

Total Fat:  9g

Saturated Fat:  1g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  446mg

Carbohydrates:  13g

Dietary Fiber:  5.4g

Protein:  11.5g

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