Open tomato sandwich (Hobs biz-zejt)
This is a very typical and popular Maltese snack.
Thick slices of crusty breadGarnish:
red ripe tomatoes, halved and seeded,
rough salt and freshly-ground pepper.
Pick your favourites of the following or use them all
Vinegar fresh basil leaves fresh mint leaves stoned olives capers anchovies finely-sliced onion.
Cut tomatoes in half and with
each half rub the slices of bread. It is just as delicious
Pour the olive oil on a flat plate and press the tomato side of bread into it Replace the tomato half on the slice of bread,
sprinkle with salt and pepper and any of the garnish you like Pile onto a serving dish and decorate with fresh basil or mint leaves. An alternative is to use tomato puree instead of fresh tomatoes