Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Julie and Julia"'s Bruschetta

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My sweet old grannie took me to see Julie and Julia yesterday. It was a breath of fresh air, witty, sweet and left me salivating for fine french cuisine and a great bottle of wine.

The main character Julie is a government worker in the aftermath of the 911 crisis. In an attempt to make her life more fulfilling she decides to cook all 574 recipes from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child and blogs about the experience. You can check out the real-life original blog here.

But the one thing that Julie prepares that has not escaped my mind since witnessing such deliciousness, was ironically not a part of the 574 recipes. I scoured the web and found the following recipe at Philly.com and am here to share it with you good reader. It was Bruschetta like I have never seen before!

(Picture does not give justice to the piece of heaven I saw in the movie)

"Food stylist Susan Spungen developed this bruschetta recipe for a scene in the movie "Julie and Julia". Here are the directions in Spungen's words, which she sent via e-mail. As with any dish with just a few simple ingredients, the quality of the ingredients and technique are key.

Start with some excellent bread. This is crucial. Choose a rustic loaf with a stretchy interior with lots of holes and a crisp crust. If it's a round loaf, cut it into slices about 3/4 inch thick, and then cut those slices in half on an angle.

For the movie, we fried the bread in olive oil but I usually grill or toast it in a hot oven (400°). Either way, try to get it crunchy on the outside while retaining some softness in the center.

Rub the bread with a whole garlic clove (the garlic will disintegrate into the bread since the coarse bread will act like a grater) and drizzle with the best extra-virgin olive oil you can afford. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. And then either fry or grill.

Meanwhile, cut tomatoes into chunks, tear lots of basil leaves into medium-small pieces, and toss with more olive oil. Let marinate for a while.

Season with salt and pepper about a half hour before serving. The salt makes the tomatoes release their juices and you don't want that happening too soon.

Top bread with tomato mixture. If the bread is really crunchy, let the tomatoes sit for a few minutes before serving to soften the bread."

I cannot WAIT to gather these ingredients and try it out! In an ode to Ms. Powell, I will gladly give you a blow by blow via Le Blog. Stay tuned! Bon Appetit!

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PS - If you watch the trailer, you get a few glimpses of the incredible bruschetta.


Maggie said...

I just found this because I was looking for that recipe too! Thank you for finding it! I can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe and it was great,
but I prefer this recipe:


which has more garlic and a little onion which gives it a little more punch

susan said...

I found your site because I was searching for that mouth watering bruschetta on the movie too. I kept it on one of my tabs for several days not really looking to see which site I was actually on, until today. I have had a very trying day with my 10 month old teething daughter. I have sat down to have a little relaxation when I decided to look at the recipe. From there I have looked at your blog and read a few. I am loving it. I have laughed and laughed. I love how you can relate to someone you dont know and get such enjoyment reading their blog.

So thank you! I have throughly enjoyed myself tonight :D