Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tomato Pie

One of our favorite meals in the summer is Tomato Pie. This recipe is essentially like eating a BLT, minus the lettuce. Yum! In this case, the "B" stands for bacon and basil. If you've never tried tomato pie, you must! The key is ripe tomatoes, of course, so this is a summer-only dish. You can make your own piecrust, if you prefer, but refrigerated or frozen will work just as well. To avoid a soggy crust, it is essential to salt the tomatoes and let them drain on paper towels for about 30 minutes before assembling the pie. Don't be intimidated; this is very simple. Enjoy!

Tomato Pie
6 tomatoes
Kosher salt
Pepper (optional)
1 (9-inch) pie crust
8 bacon slices, chopped and cooked
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups fancy shredded Italian cheese blend

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cut tomatoes into slices, and place slices on paper towels. Sprinkle tomatoes with kosher salt and, if desired, pepper. Let stand for 15 minutes; then flip the tomatoes, and sprinkle with a little more salt. Let stand 15 more minutes.
2. Meanwhile, place pie crust in pie plate; crimp edge of crust. Prick holes in crust with a fork; bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Layer half of tomato slices in prepared crust. Sprinkle with half of bacon and basil. Layer remaining half of tomatoes; sprinkle with remaining bacon.
4. Combine mayonnaise, shredded cheese, and remaining basil in a small bowl. Spread mixture over top of tomatoes.
5. Bake for 25 minutes.


Alex and Jill said...

Shut your mouth!! This looks delicious! Definitely trying this. :)

Thanks for the recipe.

Bowlby said...

This looks awesome! Do you think I could trick Justin into thinking it's a deep-dish pizza?

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I can't wait to try this when my tomatoes finally ripen! YUM!!!!!!

JulieM said...

I took this with me to a moms gathering at a friend's house this past Tuesday and it was a huge hit! Everyone raved about how delicious it is. Now I will share it with my family :)

Thanks for all the great recipes!

Quirky said...

Oh my goodness! I was looking for something to do with all of my tomatoes that are growing in my garden this year, and you have just provided the answer! This sounds wonderful! Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

Jen said...

Oh my gosh! I have to make this soon. Yum!