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