Tomato and Garlic Dip

Tomato and garlic dip is a classic combination not just in Spain but all over the Mediterranean. It’s a classic combo of flavours which can be adapted with the addition of peppers, chilli, smoked paprika and more. Here is the classic tomato and garlic dip which is great served in tapas bowls with bread sticks, tortilla chips or batoned vegetables.



Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 30 minutes


14 garlic cloves, peeled and halved

500g tinned plum tomatoes, roughly mashed

1 Tsp Hot smoked paprika

½ Tsp Sugar

3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

Cracked black pepper (optional)

Knob of butter


  1. Heat the olive oil in a terracotta cazuela and add the garlic – fry for 5 – 10 minutes until lightly browned.
  2. Add the smoked paprika and pepper, stir then add the tomatoes and stir thoroughly.
  3. Turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Leave to cool then serve with breadsticks or tortilla chips – delicious!

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