If you've watched the movie Julie & Julia you no doubt noticed the bruschetta love scene. I'm not sure anything in a movie has ever looked so delicious. This is that recipe.
Prep Time 1hour
Cook Time 5minutes
Total Time 1hour5minutes
3mediumtomatoesheirloom and a variety of colours if you can get them.
1/2cupolive oilgood quality
4slicesbreadhearty, crusty bread is best.
Dice tomatoes.Shred basil leaves.Mix tomatoes and basil in bowl with 1/4 of olive oil, reserving other 1/4 cup for frying.Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes.When the 30 minutes is up, add a generous sprinkling of salt to the mixture and let it sit for another 10 minutes.Now is when you can heat up 1/4 cup of olive oil (your goal is to have 3mm of oil in the pan) over medium/low heat.Once hot, fry your slices of bread until golden.Remove bread from pan and top with tomato mixture.
You can cut the calories in this recipe by using less oil to fry the bread. It won't be *quite* as good, but the snack will have far less guilt associated it.To test your oil to make sure it's hot enough, dip the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If bubbles quickly form around the wood, it's the right temperature. If they take a while to bubble, it isn't hot enough. If the oil bubbles and spurts crazily, the pan is too hot.