If you need one last summery recipe before you switch to fall crops, this is your recipe! Tomato Pie. I had never heard of it until I read Simply Recipes blog, supposedly it's a Southern thing and the reason why I hadn't heard of it! I had some fresh tomatoes that needed to be used up and this recipe sure did the trick. I didn't attempt to make my own crust, but I can report that Dover Natural Foods has a great 2-pack of frozen all natural pie crusts for sale! This recipe also calls for mayonnaise so if you're looking for a soy-free mayo, I highly suggest Hain Safflower Mayonnaise. Don't knock this recipe till you try it!
adapted from Simply Recipes
- 1 9-inch pie shell
- 1/2 yellow, chopped
- 3-4 tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, squeezed to remove excess juice, roughly chopped, to yield approximately 3 cups chopped tomatoes (squeeze well! Even using my ricer I still had a little too much liquid in the pie.)
- Sprinkle of basil, to taste
- 2 cups grated cheese (combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, or Gruyere or Mozzarella)
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pie shell in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or longer until lightly golden. If you are starting with a frozen crust, you'll need to cook it a little longer. If you are using a homemade crust, freeze the crust first, then line the crust with aluminum foil and pre-bake it for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
- Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the chopped tomatoes, using either paper towels, a clean dish towel, or a potato ricer.
- Sprinkle the bottom of the pre-cooked pie shell with chopped onion. Spread the chopped tomatoes over the onions. Sprinkle the basil over the tomatoes.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the grated cheese, mayonnaise, a sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper. The mixture should be the consistency of a gooey snow ball. Spread the cheese mixture over the tomatoes.
- Place in oven and bake until browned and bubbly, anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes. Serves 6.