Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Homemade Bruschetta

As promised, here is my attempt at making homemade bruschetta as seen in the movie "Julie and Julia". I won't keep you in suspense... it was to DIE FOR!!!

First thing first, you MUST get the freshest ingredients possible. I bought:
4 "hot house" tomatoes, the riper the better
fresh basil
garlic cloves
extra-virgin olive oil and
coarse sea salt
one large fresh loaf of bread


Out of ease I bought my bread from Panera. Now, I know that I could find much superior bread at Bread on Market or even my local bakery, but Panera had what I needed for my first little experiment. I went with the ciabatta loaf, a lucky guess 'cause it was perfect!

So on to the concoction! I cut up the tomatoes, added different size chunks of basil, sprinkled a generous amount of the coarse sea salt, 2 cloves of garlic and olive oil. THAT'S IT! Now, if you are the kind of person that needs measurements, I'm sorry to say that you are reading the wrong blog. I cook like my grandma, without all the bran usage. Sorry. Just eye it. I made sure that all the tomatoes had evidence of olive oil. The big secret? Let the tomatoes marinate for about an hour at room temperature.
Now the bread. If you can't get ciabatta, I would suggest a heavy crusted bread with very soft insides. A baguette would be too hard and a french loaf would be too soft. Follow my drift?


I cut the bread into 3-4 inch slices. The original recipe suggested rubbing garlic on the bread before browning but I found this to be tedious and futile. I added a thick layer of olive oil to my frying pan (1/4 inch thick) and turned the heat on high. I waited till I saw smoke coming from the oil and then added the bread. It took less than 1 minute for the one side to brown. I flipped the bread and allowed the other side to brown. The worst part about this recipe is that every bit of that olive oil was absorbed into the bread. YIKES!


Once the bread was browned on both sides, I removed from the pan and immediately spooned the tomatoes over the bread. We ate it while the bread was still pipping hot. Voila!


Let me tell you, it was so good I made it again for my friends but this time with a side of pasta and a salad. And if you, my dear reader, are craving some homemade bruschetta, I would be happy to make it again just for you!

On a side note... the movie's bruschetta used heirloom tomatoes hence the different colored tomatoes. As you can see I used good ol' red ones.


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19 comments:

GarlicBOSS said...

I like how you put it all together

dontinlaw said...

best dinner i ate all week...<3

RollerScrapper said...

Awesome, I'll come by next wednesday ;)

Connie R. said...

Yum... that looks soooo good!

Alison said...

Hey, I DID buy ingredients to make more... when is everyone free? =P

~Marti26. said...

Looks amazing! I found your blog while searching for this recipe btw. I plan to try this tomorrow. So excited. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, your recipe was, like, a freakin' gift from God! I searched "bruschetta recipe from Julie and Julia" and got your recipe. Made it tonight. Tasted just as delicious as the movie made it look! Thanks so much!!

And P.S. Just in case anyone wants to know, I fried my bread in butter rather than olive oil. Set off my smoke alarm, but it was well worth it!

Alison said...

Thanks for letting me know how the recipe turned out for you! I think the butter would add a whole other flavor! I guess I'm to buy some good bread now. =)

Heather said...

I was never a real big "tomato" person until I threw caution to the wind and tried this recipe.. I have missed so much the last 30 years... thanks!

Anonymous said...

sorry, yours doesn't look as good as in the movie - your tomatoes look flavorless and like they were chewy. yuck!

Alison said...

I would agree these pictures do not look like the bruschetta in the movie. They used a variety of heirloom tomatoes where I used just the red. I'm also not a photographer with proper equipment. However, I will argue that you can't judge a book by it's cover. This recipe far exceeded my expectations! If you use the freshest ingredients along with a good olive oil, you will see for yourself how incredible this bruschetta is.

fairybee said...

YUM!! I, like i'm sure 100's of other people, found your site after googleing recipes from julie & julia. Your no nonsense approach to the bruschetta is as fun and refreshing as the film and can i just say....DELISH! I served it as you did with salad and had requests for more...much more. It's almost winter here where i live so i cant wait to serve this outside on a summers night with a great wine and lots of good friends. Great page btw. <3

Lindy said...

I am so happy to find this recipe ,I wanted to find the exact one from the movie.Thank you so much for going thru the trouble of getting it! I am actually making this today. I think your pics are great and it looks incredible!!Thank you again!

Donna said...

In the entire movie, the one recipe that got my attention, and my mouth watering, was the bruschetta. Never having seen it before, I went searching and was led to your site. Thank you so much for the recipe. I will try it tomorrow night.

Anonymous said...

Also got here via Google. This was a good guideline! It's an amazing, simple dish. Definitely a favorite of mine.

Renee Shaw said...

I love that I could find this site! Thanks for posting this recipe...I'm eating it right now and am LOVING it!!!

Writer2122 said...

I've been making tomato bruschetta for years but never tried it on the fried bread as was in the movie and on your site. It was awesome! I add garlic to the tomato concoction. I think I may even try it with some shredded parmesan cheese and pop it in the toaster oven to melt it! That would definitely be a meal! What do you think?

Alison said...

Shredded cheese on the top sounds heavenly. If you're like me and don't care for warm tomatoes, sprinkling the cheese on the bread before topping it with tomatoes might work. The bread would still be hot enough to melt the cheese.... I think. If you try it, let me know how it turns out! Thanks for suggestion!

Keith said...

I know what you mean about the olive oil. Too much!

I made it from your recipe and although it was "to die for" I felt sick about an hour afterwards.

When I make it now I use toasted bread. There's already enough oil the tomatoes marinate in!