Tomato Pie

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Red ripe tomato slices, fresh basil, garlic, green onion and two kinds of cheese baked in a flaky golden crust.  This classic Southern Tomato Pie just begs to be eaten.  

 

Tomato Pie

You guys.  Do I have something special for you today!! I have always wanted to make a tomato pie, and it finally happened.  Why on earth did I wait so long to bake this summer Southern classic?

 
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Last Friday, I shared a recipe with you for a Summer Fruit Salad that I made for our Freaky Friday event.  I teased you about this pie, and told you it was coming today. I promise you, it’s worth the weekend wait!  This recipe comes from my friend, Amy, and it’s already been added to the regular rotation here.

 

Tomato Week
Enjoy Tomato Week on An Affair from the Heart

Over the next week, I have three new recipes for you, using fresh tomatoes.  If you follow me on Facebook and on Instagram, you will see all sorts of other tomato recipes from my blogger friends, too! 

 

Tomato Cracker Salad
TOMATO CRACKER SALAD – Homegrown tomatoes, at their peak of ripeness, mayonnaise, saltine crackers and fresh cracked black pepper. Tomato Cracker Salad is reminiscent of a good, ‘ol fashioned tomato mayo sandwich!

 

 

Tomato Bruschetta
 I love Bruschetta year round, but when I have fresh tomatoes and fresh basil from the garden, it always seems so much better.   Flavors of tomatoes, garlic, and basil spooned over Italian baguette slices, always a winning appetizer.

 

On Wednesday, you will get a great recipe for Tomato Cracker Salad, and on Friday, you will have a new recipe for Fresh Tomato Bruschetta.  

 

Tomato Pie slice

Today though?  It’s all about this beauty!  Look at all of that creamy cheese!!

 

Ingredients in a Southern Tomato Pie:

  • pie crust (purchased or your own homemade crust)
  • tomatoes
  • fresh basil
  • green onion, garlic
  • mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper

 

Tomato Pie prep tomatoes

First we need to get some of the liquid from the tomatoes.  Place a couple of layers of paper towels on a large cookie sheet.  Lay the sliced tomatoes on the towels, and sprinkle with salt.  Gently pat the tops after about 30 minutes to get any access juice.  

 

 

Tomato Pie prep crust

While this step is happening, you need to pre-bake your pie crust.  Poke holes into the crust with the tines of a fork.    

 

Tomato Pie pre bake crust

I used my pie weight when I baked mine, but if you don’t have one, you can use foil.  I have step by step instructions for pre-baking a pie crust here on my blog.

 

Tomato Pie prep

You’ll need to chop your green onion, garlic and basil, set that aside.  Cream together your shredded cheeses, mayonnaise and pepper.  Set aside.  

 

Tomato Pie with tomatoes

Place a layer of tomatoes into the pre-baked crust.

 

Tomato Pie with onions and basil

Sprinkle with half of the green onions and fresh basil. 

 

Tomato Pie with cheese

Repeat the steps, a layer of tomatoes, the other half of the basil and onion mixture.  Gently spread the cheese mixture over the top.  Bake.  

 

Tomato pie

Isn’t it gorgeous??  That perfectly flaky crust, the red ripe tomatoes and the flavors of basil, onion and garlic all topped with that melty cheese.  Swoon!

 

If you are growing tomatoes this year, or are fortunate enough to have someone give you some, I hope you try this! It’s top notch with home grown tomatoes! But what if you don’t have any homegrown tomatoes? Should you scrap the whole idea and not make this delicious tomato pie?

Heck, no!  Choosing a good tomato at the grocery store can be challenging sometimes, but I have a few tips.  

 

How to Choose a Good Tomato:

  • Location, location location.  Try to find tomatoes that were grown in or close to your location.  Typically, tomatoes grown in Mexico, (one of the largest tomato growers) are picked and shipped while they are green.   
  • Look for the phrase “vine ripened” when selecting tomatoes.  Some tomatoes are sprayed with a gas that speeds up the ripening of green tomatoes, tomatoes that are ripened on the vine typically have more flavor.  
  • Inspect the outside.  Steer clear from tomatoes that are discolored or blemished on the outside.  Even a little black mark could indicate rot on the inside.  
  • Check the weight.  The tomato should feel heavy for its size.  Light tomatoes tend to be less juicy.  
  • Smell it.  A good tomato will have a nice earthy scent close to its vine.  Tomatoes with no scent are likely to have no flavor.  Be careful when choosing tomatoes in plastic containers, like grape or cherry tomatoes.  Look for red ripe fruit, few blemishes, and a nice earthy aroma when you give them a sniff.  

 

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Other ways to bake with fresh tomatoes:

 

Tomato Pie

Let’s get to the recipe, so we can get to eating! M.

 

Yield: 8

Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie in a pie dish and a slice on a white plate

Red ripe tomato slices, fresh basil, garlic, green onion and two kinds of cheese baked in a flaky golden crust.  This classic Southern Tomato Pie just begs to be eaten.  

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • 5-6 red ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped (about 10 leaves)
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees, line a pie plate with unbaked crust and shape crust. With the tines of a fork, poke holes in the bottom of the crust. Use a piece of heavy duty foil (foil method) or a pie weight in the center so the crust does not bubble up as it bakes. Place crust in the oven and bake for about 8 minutes, or until crust begins to brown. Remove and cool.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. While crust is pre-baking, line a large cookie sheet with a couple of layers of paper towels. Place sliced tomatoes in a single layer on towels and sprinkle with salt. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Combine the basil, green onion and garlic in a bowl. Set aside.
  5. Combine the mayo and shredded cheeses another bowl. Sprinkle with pepper. Set aside.
  6. After 30 minutes, gently blot the tops of the tomatoes with more paper towels to remove any excess juice.
  7. Place a layer of tomato slices into the bottom of the pre-baked pie crust. Top with half of the basil mixture. Add another layer of tomatoes and the rest of the basil mixture. Spread the cheese mixture over the top.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. Cheese will begin to slightly brown on top. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Notes

slightly adapted from House of Nash Eats

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 789mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

Nutrition isn't guaranteed accurate.

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20 Comments

  1. Love all of the tomatoes tips, so smart!! I’m drooling just reading the recipe! What a tasty meal and with all these tomatoes we have right now? The perfect use for our summer’s bounty!!!

  2. I see why you say this pie begs to be eaten. It does the same to me. And I can’t wait to try it! 🙂 Delicious recipe!

  3. Oh my goodness was this tomato pie good! It’s been ages since I’ve made one and it was so worth the wait. Thanks for a great recipe, I’ll make this one again!

  4. This sounds perfect right now! I love tomatoes and am always looking for new ways to cook with them. Next time I head out, i’ll have to find some fresh ones to use (love those tips btw!)

  5. This pie looks beautiful and delicious!! I LOVE homegrown tomatoes!! What is not to love about this pie!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  6. You are speaking my language here! Our tomato plants are going crazy and I have more than I know what to do with. Until now that is! This delicious tomato pie is going into regular rotation at our house!

  7. Lovely! I’ve got a tomato plant getting ready to overload me with red goodness! I’m pretty sure tomato pie will be a way I’m using up some of those garden fresh goodies!

  8. Sounds to me like a heavenly margarita pizza in pie form! Never tried it before but I am sure this tastes beyond delicious, Will try it soon!

  9. I’d never heard of this. Was easy to make and was a big hit when I brought this to a party. Thank you!

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