Bruschetta a la Julie and Julia

I’ve put measurements on this recipe, but I made it up after watching the most delectable looking bruschetta devoured in the movie Julie and Julia. Feel free to add or subtract according to your own taste. Bruschetta is basically toasted bread topped with something juicy and delicious.


1 loaf good Italian-style bread

3-4 TBSP Olive oil

Tomatoes from your garden, 3-4 should be right

A clove of garlic, chopped finely or mashed

Fresh basil and parsley, chopped, about 3 TBSP

Salt and pepper to taste

Make the tomato topping first by dicing your  tomatoes in a bowl and adding a couple of tablespoons each of chopped basil and parsley from the garden. To the veggies, add a good shake of salt and pepper, the garlic, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Let this sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes, but up to an hour. Slice the bread in 1 inch or so slices, and fry them in a pan in the remaining olive oil (or a combination of olive oil and butter). Depending on how much bread you have, you may need more oil. If you are watching fat, you can just toast the bread in the oven or the toaster. Just before serving, spoon the tomatoes on the bread. It’s OK if it sits a few minutes, because the  juices will seep into the bread. Yum.

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