Julie & Julia Tomato Bruschettas Recipe

I’m not the kind of person who has a favorite movie. I simply can’t choose ONE movie to be my favorite. Depends of the mood, you know?
For me, choosing a favorite movie  it’s like choosing between cheese and chocolate. Or (in my case), between wine and beer.
You can’t choose, DEPENDS OF THE MOOD.

That said, you can figure that I have a lot of favorite movies. One for each moment of life/humor/weather/company. 
Yes. Coming from Dirty Dancing to Inception, passing by all Harry Potter movies.

And one of my favorite movie is Julie and Julia.
It’s not a cult classic, or have great special effects, but I love how light and gentle it is.
It has a beautiful photography and a beautiful history. The characters and the actors are so “real people” and I can’t explain exactly why, but it makes my heart warmer.

Besides all that, I LOOOVE the recipes. It always inspires me to cook. 
Maybe a great dinner, or simply a good meal well done.

And this recipe is from the movie.
It’s an easy recipe but still delicious. It’s a tomato bruschetta, made in a pan and not in the oven.
You must give it a try sometime.

Julie & Julia Tomato Bruschetta, serves 2 

You need:
  • 1 big tomato or 2 regular size
  • Italian bread (4 slices with 0.8 in thickness)
  • Fresh basil  (approximately 6 leafs)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoon of butter
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)

Cut the tomatoes in cubes. Put it in a bowl. Cut the basil and add it to the bowl.

Add the olive oil (enough to cover ¼ of the space where the tomatoes are) and add the black pepper. Set aside.

DO NOT add the salt yet. The salt makes the tomatoes release water, and we don’t want that.
Let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

It’s approximately the time we need to prepare the bread. Cut the Italian bread in slices with approximately 0.8 in thickness.

In a skillet, add the butter. As soon as it melt, add the slices of bread and press them a little to absorb the butter.

If you prefer, you can use the olive oil here instead of the butter.
Will be just as good!

When the bread turns golden and crunchy, turn it to the other side. When it start to become browned, turn off the fire.

Peel the garlic clove and cut it in half. Rub the garlic on the crispy surface of the bread. That’s why the bread needs to be crunchy.

Half clove usually is enough for three/four slices, depending on the size of the slice. For the three slices in the picture I used only half clove.
Be careful to not rub too much, because the garlic taste can be too strong if you do.

Now add salt to the tomato. Mix it with a spoon.
Assemble the bruschettas putting tomatoes on top. And serve. :)

Cya guys :)