Southern Comfort Food: Tomato Pie

I know September marks the beginning of fall, but it sure still feels like summer around here, and over the summer I discovered an amazing new recipe for when the sun is out, but you still need some good old-fashioned comfort food. Combining the taste of fresh tomatoes, ooey-gooey cheesiness, and a piecrust, tomato pie is just what the doctor ordered on a hot September day. As an added bonus, it is super simple to make, with ingredients that you probably have on hand. Once you are finished, it serves about four as a main course along with some kind of side. I would suggest another southern vegetable, like green beans, as a good compliment. However, tomato pie is also served as an appetizer, so if you decide to cut it into smaller pieces and serve it before a meal, you could probably serve 8-10 with one pie. Either way, pull out you iced tea glasses and kick back, because you’re in for a treat.

My finished pie. So yummy.

My finished pie. So yummy.

Here’s the recipe I found at southernplate.com:

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves (if you don’t have fresh, use 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 +1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayo
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pie crust, baked but not browned

Instructions

  1. Cut tomatoes into slices.
  2. Place in colander and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon table salt. Allow to drain for ten minutes (can skip this step if you like).
  3. Arrange 1/2 of tomato slices in baked pie crust. Top with 1/2 of kosher salt, 1/2 of pepper, 1/2 of basil, 1/2 of vinegar, and 1/2 of cheese.
  4. Repeat.
  5. Spread mayo over top of pie. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
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One thought on “Southern Comfort Food: Tomato Pie

  1. Tomato pie sounds very yummy! I have a recipe for onion pie which is delicious and is great for a dinner party to accompany a beef dish. I’ll email it to you. Love, Grandmommy

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