Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe

Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe

I had never heard of a tomato pie recipe until I moved to the South. I mean I have eaten a lot of things with tomatoes before but surely never a pie. It is, however, a very popular and common summer treat in the South, so I figured I would have to try it to see what the fuss was all about.

Tomato Pie Recipe:  Indulge in a Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe that is the ideal vegetarian main dish, or a fun side dish your entire family will enjoy!

 

Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe

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Whether you need to use up some extra tomatoes from your garden, or you have found some great deals at the local farmers market, this tomato pie recipe is ideal. This isn’t a sweet treat like a fruit pie. This is a wonderful savory vegetarian dish that is budget-friendly and comforting. It makes a great vegetarian main course or side dish for your weekend BBQ. It is best when you use fresh vine ripened tomatoes. 

Since the combination of tomato, basil, and cheese already appeals to my Italian side, I was intrigued for sure. After trying this tomato pie recipe, I realize it truly is a hidden gem in Southern cooking. I promise you will fall in love with this just like I did!Tomato Pie Recipe:  Indulge in a Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe that is the ideal vegetarian main dish, or a fun side dish your entire family will enjoy!

To get those nice even slices, I use a tomato slicer. It keeps me from taking a chance of slicing a finger open, and it makes sure all of the tomato slices are similar in size. This helps them cook evenly, and makes assembling the pie a bit easier to manage. 

I cheated and used a frozen pie crust and adapted the recipe slightly for our tastes and ingredients available. Basil may not be exactly what classic southern cooks would use, but I feel like it compliments the tomato pie recipe. Since I was not using plum tomatoes I sliced large garden tomatoes in 1/2 inch slices and laid them on some paper towel to absorb some of the juices. I did it for about 15 minutes but think the longer the better especially if you have juicy tomatoes. I imagine plum tomatoes would not be as juicy.

Tomato Pie Recipe:  Indulge in a Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe that is the ideal vegetarian main dish, or a fun side dish your entire family will enjoy!

Layer your tomatoes into the semi-cooked pie crust. This is going to be layered like you would a lasagna. So you can likely do at least 2 layers, if not 3.

Tomato Pie Recipe:  Indulge in a Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe that is the ideal vegetarian main dish, or a fun side dish your entire family will enjoy!

Alternate tomato slices with herbs and cheese ending with cheese. 

Tomato Pie Recipe:  Indulge in a Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe that is the ideal vegetarian main dish, or a fun side dish your entire family will enjoy!

Top with Mayonnaise. Yes ,you read that correctly. I told you this was a southern recipe. Mayonnaise really does compliment the flavors and makes this tomato pie recipe creamy and delicious. 

Tomato Pie Recipe:  Indulge in a Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe that is the ideal vegetarian main dish, or a fun side dish your entire family will enjoy!

Bake it to perfection. If you want the cheese a bit more browned, you can use the broiler for just a few minutes right before removing from the oven. Tomato Pie Recipe:  Indulge in a Southern Classic Tomato Pie Recipe that is the ideal vegetarian main dish, or a fun side dish your entire family will enjoy!

My kids weren’t exactly sure what I was making for dinner, but they all ate their entire slice, and my daughter went in for seconds. That’s another great bonus to this tomato pie recipe! Getting kids to try something different is always a plus in my book!

Take advantage of summer’s fresh produce and serve a tomato pie, even if you are not a southerner! 

Tomato Pie- Lightened up

Tomato Pie- Lightened up

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A summer recipe using homegrown tomatoes. Tomato Pie- Lightened up

Ingredients

  • 1/2 15-ounce package refrigerated rolled pie crust
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded four-cheese Italian blend
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, or about 11/4 pound tomatoes , cut into 1/2-inch thick slices or slice other tomatoes and let sit on paper towel for 30 mins.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Press pie crust into a 9-inch pie pan; prick bottom and sides with fork.
  3. Bake crust in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Place tomatoes in a single layer of a colander; sprinkle with salt. Let sit for about 10 minutes to release moisture. Blot excess moisture with a paper towel. Arrange 1 layer of tomato slices around the bottom of the cooled pie crust, overlapping the slices. Sprinkle half the garlic and half the basil onto tomato layer. Sprinkle half the Cheddar cheese and half the mozzarella cheese over basil layer. Repeat layering with remaining tomatoes, garlic, basil, Cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Spread mayonnaise over the top mozzarella cheese layer.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 30 minutes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. slice and serve at room temp
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 282Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 27mgSodium 467mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 4gSugar 8gProtein 10g

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11 Comments

  1. I know when I return from our little vacay and my husband has not taken off the green tomatoes while I am gone it will be bare soo sad.

  2. thanks for stopping by it is a different way to enjoy pie but perfect for summer surplus.

  3. That looks delicious! I had never heard of tomato pie before. Wish I would have had this recipe last year when I had so many tomatoes from the garden, I didn’t know what to do with them!

  4. I am not paying the least bit of attention to the Paula Deane debate (debacle) –my only problem with her is that her recipes are too darn fattening!! I like that you were able to lighten this one up a bit I may just try it!

  5. I love tomatos! This is totally something I would enjoy, thanks for sharing.

  6. I have actually never had tomato pie, but I am certainly intrigued now. It looks delicious!

  7. This recipe looks delicious! We too, have been fighting squirrels (and birds). If I can salvage enough tomatoes, we may make this tonight.

  8. Those tomatoes look amazing! Mmmm… I bet dish this smells great! All that cheese! Yum!

  9. Love teh addition of zucchini in between. I am definitely bringing my tomatoes to your house:)

  10. We love Tomato Pie… We use Cheddar Cheese mixed with Mayo to “ice” the top and I layer in thinly sliced sweet onion and basil between the tomato layers. Another addition is zucchini thinly sliced and layered in! If you do not like the tomato peel (which separates from the meat of the tomato during cooking and can be stringy) blanch your tomatoes in boiling water before slicing. YUMMM!!!!

  11. I’ve never tried anything like this before, it looks delicious!

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