A few weeks back I confessed my love of the movie Julie and Julia and almost immediately started getting comments, emails, and even tweets telling me that I just had to try the bruschetta that Julie prepares makes at one point during the movie. If you’ve seen the movie, there’s no way you didn’t notice this bruschetta. Julie fries the bread and chops up these big, plump tomatoes, then she and her husband talk about how amazing it is. And holy geez, did it look amazing.

So when my mom gave me a huge bag of fresh tomatoes this past weekend, I knew some were destined to become the J&J bruschetta. There are many recipes out there claiming to be the one but the general idea of all of them is tomatoes, basil, and the fried bread.

I don’t like tomatoes. I don’t think the texture matches the taste and it just throws me off. But for some reason I really enjoyed this. I think it was the crunchy bread with the tomato texture that did it for me. It was great. And shockingly enough, my husband loved it too. I worried he would say it was “chick food” but he definitely had more than 1 piece of bread.

I did have one issue. I tried to fry the bread. I tried in olive oil, in butter, in a dry hot pan. I eventually resorted to the toaster oven but if you can get yours that perfect shade of gold in a frying pan, do it! Do it and enjoy it and feel no guilt about the oil or the butter because as Julie says in the movie, “You can never have too much butter.

Bruschetta a la Julie and Julia
  • 1 lb ripe tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 loaf crusty French bread sliced 3/4 inch thick
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and sliced in half
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup olive oil or butter
  1. Mix tomatoes and basil together and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter in frying pan and fry bread until golden brown on both side. Remove and drain on paper towel. Rub one side with garlic clove.
  3. Drain the tomato-basil mixture of excess liquid and spoon on to each slice of bread.



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