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Toasted sliced baguettes topped with fresh tomatoes and chopped basil

Julie and Julia's Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

A simple, fresh and delicious recipe for tomato and basil bruschetta from the Movie Julie and Julia.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 810
Calories 2kcal


  • 1 pound grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 loaf French bread slices sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and sliced


  • Cut the cherry or grape tomatoes in half and then cut each half in half. This will quarter the tomatoes. Chop the fresh basil. Mix together in a bowl, add 1/4 cup of olive oil and let rest 30 minutes.
  • 10 minutes before serving, add salt and pepper to taste. If you add the salt too early, it will draw too much liquid out of the tomatoes.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add two tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the baguette slices and fry the bread util golden brown on both sides. You'll need to cook the bread in batches.
  • Drain on a paper towel.
  • Rub both sides with a garlic clove.
  • Top with the tomato mixture.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan over the bruschetta and serve while the bread is still warm.


If you want more garlic flavor, once the bread is fried, sprinkle just a pinch of garlic powder on each slice, rather than rubbing the bread with garlic.  Then top with tomatoes and Parmesan.
Tip: Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze to finish. A beautiful flavor compliment for those fresh tomatoes.


Calories: 2kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg