Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tomato Pie Recipe

Tomato, tomato, tomato.

Its just about that time in the summer when the tomatoes start to really pile up on the windowsill and counters in my house.  I've had the tomato grilled cheese, the BLT, the bruschetta, the tomato sandwich, caprese salad, and now I'm looking for a different, delicious way to eat up some of these tomatoes.  

I found the answer in Tomato Pie!

First for the tomato pie, you need the pie crust.  You are welcome to make one from scratch, but I totally used a refrigerated store bought crust. Preheat the oven to 350 and pre-bake your crust for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.  I recommend using dried beans or something to help hold the edges up while pre-baking the crust. 
Now the tomatoes.  You can use any tomato you have.  I just used these gorgeous Big Beef.  I think the pie would be lovely with some colorful heirlooms too.

First cut the tomato horizontally and squeeze to remove the excess juice.  It is important to squeeze the tomatoes or your pie will be watery. Then give the tomatoes a rough chop.  You need 3 cups of chopped tomatoes.

Next chop 1/2 onion and chop some basil, about 1/4 cup.
In a medium bowl, mix together 2 cups grated cheese ( I used mozzarella and parmesan), 3/4 cup mayonnaise, Tabasco, a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
In the pre-baked pie shell sprinkle in the chopped onion.
Spread the chopped tomatoes over the onion and sprinkle with basil.
Spread the cheese mixture over the tomatoes
Place in oven and bake 30-40 minutes until bubbly and browned.

Holy Cow! So good!

Tomato Pie Recipe

1 9inch pie crust
3-4 tomatoes, cut in half squeezed to remove excess juice, and then roughly chopped (3 cups)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 cups cheese, I combined mozzarella and a little parmesan, but any cheese would work.  Cheddar and 
                       Monterey would be goooood!
3/4 cup mayonaise 
1 tsp tabasco sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Pre-bake pie crust 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.  Sprinkle the bottom of the pie crust with chopped onion. Top with chopped tomatoes and sprinkle with basil. In a medium bowl mix the cheese, mayo, tabasco sauce, salt, and pepper.  Spread over the tomatoes.  Bake until bubbly and browned. 30-40 minutes!

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