Recipe: Rainbow Tomato Bruschetta (*As seen in the movie, Julie & Julia)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2009 |

Rainbow Tomato Bruschetta (*As seen in the movie, Julie & Julia)

1 short crusty baguette (Cut lengthwise)
16 oz. multi-colored cherry tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic (peeled and halved)
Kosher Salt (to taste)
Freshly Ground Pepper (to taste)
20-30 leaves freshly chopped basil

In a medium-sized bowl, toss together the tomatoes with 1 tbsp. olive oil, the basil (*leave some basil for garnish) and 1 1/2 tsp. salt. In a frying pan, fry the bread in 4 tbsp. olive oil and brown on each side. Rub the garlic cloves on one side of the fried bread and spoon the tomato/basil mixture over the bread. Sprinkle on a little more freshly chopped basil and salt. Serve.

*Johnna’s tip: If you’re a foodie, you recognize this recipe. Well, if you’re a foodie that saw Julie & Julia, then you know where we got this recipe. It is as delicious as it looked on the screen! No really, it is. It’s rare that we see things on TV that actually taste as good as they look on the screen so we were pleasantly surprised at this bruschetta. We often say “You eat with your eyes first” which is soo true. Ever had food placed in front of you that looked disgusting in its presentation?? It doesn’t matter how good it tastes, you’re already turned off by the look of it and don’t even want a bite. Well this rainbow colored bruschetta made us want to eat the screen!

We tried this last night adding our own variations such as basing a few of the baguettes slices with goat cheese and then topping with the tomatoes and on another couple we topped with mozzarella cheese (*slightly melted). This is the most divine treat after a long day and when you just want some comfort in your life. The olive oil adds the right amount of greasiness…we wonder what this would be like if we used butter?? That would just put us over the top. As Julia would say “Bon Appetit!”

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Category: appetizers, finger-foods, vegetarian

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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