Bruschetta the Julia Child Way

August 29, 2009

Okay friends I made the BEST Bruschetta last night. I’ve NEVER, EVER made it before but was inspired to try after watching Julia & Julie. You can’t watch that movie without being inspired to cook and eat.

So, after making this masterpiece and enjoying it with friends I had to share it. It’s so simple you’ll be amazed, you will love it, your kids will gobble it up and your guests will think your a pro!

Here you go:

Bruschetta the Julia Child Way
Ingredients:
1 loaf of quality rustic bread, sliced into one inch slices 
1 clove garlic cut in half
Olive Oil to coat your frying pan, or as much oil as you like!
An assortment of ripe tomatoes, cut into smallish chunks (I used ripe Roma tomatoes and small grape yellow and orange. When cutting the tomatoes I deseeded and took the flesh out of half and left half)
Fresh basil leaves, torn or cut into pieces
Olive oil to dress the tomatoes 
Salt and Pepper to taste (the amount of salt will determine the level of liquid that comes out of the tomatoes)
Grated Parmesan cheese – optional but strongly suggested

Method:
Mix the tomatoes and basil. Drizzle on olive oil and toss gently; then salt and pepper the tomatoes. The more salt you use, the most juice will be released. Let this marinate while you prepare the bread.
In a skillet, brown the bread slices in the olive oil on both sides, until it’s a nice golden color.Remove the bread from the pan. Cut off one end of the garlic clove, and rub carefully over the hot bread slices. The garlic “melts” into the bread by using this method (this adds that extra YUM to the dish). If you prefer, you could saute the garlic in the oil before browning the bread, but you need to be careful to remove the garlic before adding the bread, or the garlic will burn and become very bitter (that sounds too complicated for me, rubbing was much easier).

Place the toasted bread on a great plate or nice cutting board,  pile the tomatoes onto the bread, sprinkle with Parmesan, and enjoy the juice running down your chin! This recipe is DIVINE. I’ll be making it again soon.

Enjoy!

Susan

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Tanya August 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Sounds delicious! Will be trying this soon!

Jeannette August 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I add a few things to my bruschetta. A bit of minced red onion for bite, a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar to enhance the tomato flavour and an extra crushed garlic just because I love the taste. When I’m feeling a bit more adventurous, I also add a few bocconcini too. So very easy and a great way to enjoy tomatoes this time of year.

admin August 29, 2009 at 3:11 pm

that sounds awesome Jeannette. so yummy hey. i think i might have a new addiction! will try yours next time i make it.
thanks for the comment.
Susan

Stephanie September 1, 2009 at 8:49 pm

The movie inspired me too. The scenes of eating made me hungry through the entire movie. I was crunching my popcorn but it wasn’t working. I have people coming over this weekend so will try it. Sounds really good. Thanks.

Candace September 18, 2009 at 12:53 pm

It was awsome! I have to say the best Brushetta I have ever had! Thanks for the great dinner…for sure I will be making this recipe at home!

Barb December 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Can you make the broschetta the night before. I am worried about the tomatoes loosing their shape

admin December 24, 2009 at 12:15 am

Hey Barbara,
Thanks for commenting. Glad you like the recipe. Yes, you can make before hand. There is a ’slight’ shape change in the tomatoes but the enhanced flavour makes up for anything lost in looks. It’s so yum, don’t hesitate. Glad you have considered and reminded me how great this recipe is. Might make it for my guest for Christmas Eve Dinner.
Bless you and your family during this amazing season of hope. Please stay in touch.
Susan xo

Julie January 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I just watched Julie & Julia for the first time…loved it. I love to cook and watching the movie just makes the inspiration to cook even more!! The bruschetta in the show looked mouth watering…I’m so glad I found this recipe….will be making it very soon!

Tiffany January 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

After watching Julie and Julia I HAD to try this recipe and it was amazing!
I made a few changes that put a little spin on it and after our dinner party last night and the rave reviews it got this will be a staple to any special dinner:)

I dressed the tomatoes with a good amount of kosher salt, pepper and italian seasoning(i didn’t have fresh basil!) and of course olive oil. I buttered the bread before browning instead of using olive oil and then rubbed it with a baked garlic clove i happened to have. I then put the bread on a baking stone, piled my tomato mixture on and some finely shredded aged vintage white cheddar(again, all i had!) and broiled it for a few minutes before serving. YUM!

admin January 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Tiffany,
Thank you so much for your comment. I love your spin and will definitely try it out. Hope you’ll visit us again.
Susan

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