A few weeks ago I was watching the movie Julie and Julia (for the umpteenth time no less ). Once the movie was over I grabbed my Julia Child “The French Chef Cookbook”, I had the urge to make something French. The cookbook is a hand me down from my parents who gave it to me back in 2009 after I saw Julie and Julia the first time. Inside the cookbook I found a typed out sheet with a Bruschetta a la Julie recipe. It was my version of replicating the bruschetta “Julie” makes in the movie. Now, I know, bruschetta is Italian not French, but in the beginning of the movie the main character Julie whips up this amazing concoction that I successfully was able to replicate. The key, besides fresh tomatoes is the bread! She fries the bread in butter. So good! (I believe everything in moderation, so having this every once in a while is okay by me, lol). Pair the nicely fried bread with fresh tomatoes and fresh basil and whoa – pure heaven .
If you follow me on Instagram (thanks and if not – you can do so below ) anyway, if you do, you may notice I post food quite a bit – I do consider myself a foodie. A picky eater, but I do live to eat, not eat to live, lol.
Okay- so my purpose today is to share the bruschetta recipe with all of you. Here we go:
My Bruschetta a la Julie
Total time to make 10-15 minutes
2 cups of chopped tomatoes ( I used a combo of Roma and Campari but beefsteak tomatoes work too).
1 garlic glove, peeled, chopped
¼ tsp red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil to taste (chopped or torn up)
1 baguette of French bread – sliced into ¼ inch pieces (I end up using about ½-3/4 of loaf for this)
Butter (I always use unsalted)
1 garlic clove peeled and cut in half
In a bowl mx together the first 6 ingredients. I eye ball how much oil and vinegar I use but I’d say it’s more or less what I state above.
Add the basil and stir again. Let sit while preparing the bread.
At this point, you can brush the bread with butter, but I just throw a tablespoon of butter into a large pan, once melted cook slices (I cook at med-medium high heat). Every once in a while press down on the bread. When brown add a little more butter and flip, repeat. Should take about 3-5 minutes per side. You have to watch it, so it won’t burn. Add a little more butter if needed. You want toasty NOT mushy/greasy- so start with small amounts and add as needed. Please Don’t let it burn. You can also use olive oil instead of butter.
Once bread is toasted rub the remaining garlic over the warm bread.
Move bread to serving plate along with tomato mixture and enjoy with a glass of wine.
Bon Appétit/ Buon appetito