Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Tomato & Basil Bruschetta

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta was on everyone’s mind after seeing the movie Julie & Julia.  I can still recall the scene when Julie’s husband bites into the bruschetta—instantly, we wanted fried bread layered with juicy tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan cheese.  This follows much of Julia Child’s recipe, with a couple of minor changes of my own—the addition of Gouda cheese and more garlic.
Bon Appétit!

**For a healthier version, this recipe can be made with Whole Wheat French Bread as shown in the pictures below. Cut the bread slightly thinner, it is more dense than regular white French bread.

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced 1" thick
  • ¾ pound grape tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil (1/4 to ⅓ cup)
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved or grated[
  1. Mix tomatoes and basil, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Mix garlic with butter.
  2. Heat olive oil in frying pan and fry bread until golden brown on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towel.
  3. Lightly spread some of the garlic butter on one side of the bread. Leftover garlic butter can be refrigerated for later use.Using a slotted spoon, drain the tomato-basil mixture of excess liquid and top each slice of bread. Salt and pepper, to taste. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Serves 4


Serve Bruschetta as an appetizer or as a light lunch with a garden side salad.

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6 Responses to Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

  1. heathernramirez July 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    Hello Judy, I was looking at some of your recipes they look delicious. I found out a bit ago that I love cooking. And looking at some of your pictures and recipes they look delicious. I will have to try them out.

  2. Tes July 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    Wow it looks really fresh and truely summer. I watched Julie & Julia, too. The same scene was in my memory :)

  3. oldereyes August 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Bruschetta is a bit of heaven on earth. There’s a restaurant near us that we love that has lobster Bruschetta which is amazing. I’m going to try your recipe.

    Bud aka Older Eyes

  4. Judy August 5, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    I agree that bruschetta is heavenly, of course, just about anything tastes great on top of fried garlic bread :) Let me know how you liked it.

  5. When Harry Met Celery November 7, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    Hey this is lovely! I’m going to make something similar on my blog soon. When you have the time do drop by my space


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