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Ħobż biż-Żejt recipe, make your own Maltese traditional bread with topping

The name "Hobz biz-zeit" means in English simply "bread with oil" but there is much more to it than just that. Thick slices of bread are spread with the beloved sweetish tomato paste called kunserva and topped with capers, olives, garlic, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Sometimes tuna or anchovies are added. It is a great snack as well as an appetizer and is often served as nibbling food in local bars when ordering a drink in the evening.

Ingredients to make your own Hobz biz-zejt:

     Dense, crusty ftira bread or sliced Maltese bread
     Good quality tomato paste (known in Maltese as kunserva)
     Chopped Onions and garlic
     White Anchovies or tinned tuna in oil, drained
     Sea salt and pepper
     Flat leaf parsley, leaves picked
     Extra virgin olive oil

Don't worry, it's east to prepare the tasty Hobz biz-zejt:

Spread tomato paste over slices of ftira bread.
Sprinkle capers and chopped raw onions. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Finally sprinkle with parsley and drizzle generously with extra virgin olive oil.
If you wish you can top it with whole white anchovies or tuna.

View our list more tasty Maltese specialities such as Kwarezimal cake and lovely rabbit! You can purchase your ingredients at the local farmers market.