Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RED, ripe, Tomato Pie!

Would you look at all these beautiful RED tomatoes!

So what do you do when you have a bumper crop of tomatoes? Well, if you live in the South, you make Tomato Pie! Add a pie shell, some cheese, mayo and Basil and you have all the Ingredients for a wonderful, light summer meal.

Tomato pie is a very old Southern dish, going back many generations. The Ingredients were items that most cooks would have on hand and it is quick and easy to prepare. Serve it up with a salad, some garlic toast and a tall glass of sweet tea and as they say in the South... that's some good eatin!
So here is my recipe for Tomato Pie, I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think!

Tomato Pie
1- 9 inch deep dish pie shell
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
3-4 ripe, firm tomatoes
1/4 Cup fresh, sliced basil
2 Cups grated cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
3/4 Cups Mayo
1 Tsp (or more) Franks Hot Sauce
Salt & Black Pepper
and MY secret Ingredient: 5 - 6 slices cooked, chopped bacon

Preheat oven to 350º, place pie shell in oven and bake for 8 -10 minutes until lightly browned.
Cut the tomatoes in half and gently squeeze to remove excess juice then roughly chop and spread on paper towels to absorb any additional juice. I can not stress how important these two steps are! If you skip these steps, the pie shell will be soggy and your pie filling will be runny!
Next, in a large mixing bowl, put the chopped tomatoes, sliced basil, chopped bacon, onions and salt & pepper and lightly toss to mix. Spread evenly in the bottom of the pie shell.
In a separate bowl mix the cheese, Mayo and Hot Sauce. The mixture should be very soft & gooey. Spread the mixture over the tomatoes and using a spatula, spread to the edges of the pie shell. Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes. Let cool 10 - 15 minutes and slice.
Ahhh, looks like the perfect place to sit and enjoy a slice of Tomato Pie and sip my tea!

I'm linking this post to:
Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady
and Alphabe Thursday for the letter I for Ingredients at Jenny Matlock's


  1. Hi Nan,
    Oh boy I neeed to try this one, I love no food better than fresh tomatoes I've heard about this but never seen a recipe, iced tea and tomato pie yum !

  2. Yummy! Visiting from Rednesday and just copied your recipe. Thanks.

  3. We're off to the farmers market shortly - our tomatoes have been so sad this year. :( Your pie sounds so yummy Nan and perfectly timed for our trip!

    Happy Rednesday!

  4. Oh, my mouth is watering! I must write down that recipe and try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the pretty pic!

  5. Wish I had some of your tomatoes. I love them anyway they are fixed.

  6. Wow that looks wonderful! May I come over for lunch?

  7. grew these yourself???? I couldn't find a tomato that red or that size anywhere in Phoenix right now!!!!! Your pie sounds wonderful, I will be right over....maybe there was leftovers....:):) Sandy

  8. mmmm...sounds delicious!
    love your pictures, too!
    red, ripe tomatoes are so inspiring!

  9. My Grandmother used to make this pie! I'd forgotten about it. She also made a green tomato pie that tasted almost like apple pie. I need to look up those recipes, don't I? Enjoyed your post and the memories it brought back.

  10. That sounds wonderful...I wish I liked tomatoes-maybe this would change my mind! Thanks for stopping by!


  11. This looks wonderful. We are not big on hot sauce at our house, but I bet the cheese and tomato cut its spiciness.

  12. Now that is something I have never heard of before! I think I am gonna try it.

  13. My mouth is watering! What a great Rednesday post!
    I hope your day is a happy one!

  14. Looks scruptious! And I can hardly wait until the tomatoes are in in my NW area...should be any time! My favorite! Happy VTT!

  15. that sounds delicious...except the bacon :) I'm a vegetarian so I'll have to leave that out.

    visiting from Alphabe-thursday

  16. waoo..seems so yummy! thanks for sharing dear..

  17. What a great way to use up summer's bounty!

  18. Lovely post & blog!

    Visiting from A-Thursday!

    Have a lovely weekend too!

  19. Tomato Pie sounds delicious - a bit like a quiche, but then, without the cream. We don't have any tomatoes here yet, but soon.....then I'm going to have the biggest, juiciest tomato sandwich!

  20. Well, I never had tomator pie! It looks delicious!


  21. oh my gosh...I have eaten and cooked tomatoes all of my life, and have never heard or seen this dish! the ingredients and the picture look interesting..thank you!!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  22. OMG! I love tomato pie! It's been so long since I've made this incredible dish!

    I need to see if the farmers market has any lovely tomatoes. This will be a recipe for the weekend!

    Thank you for sharing this delicious link with us for the letter "I".



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