Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tomato Pie

So, this house came with a tomato plant that had a whole bunch of tomatoes on it, ready to ripen. Now is that time! Beautiful, dark red tomatoes on the vine. So, I wasn't sure what I would do with them - we always eat Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella salad, or Death Row Salad we call it. (Because Babe would include it in his last meal if he were on death row. Speaking of last meals on death row meals, here are some creepy pictures of people's last meals.)

Wow. So in any case, I didn't want to make that because I always so, so instead I wanted to make Tomato Pie. I've had it before in Connecticut at my old boss's house (speaking of jobs, I didn't get that one I applied for) and I looked up the recipe online. Here is the one I used! Taken from Simply Recipes.)


  • 1 9-inch pie shell (see pie crust recipe for homemade version)
  • 1/2 yellow or red onion, chopped
  • 3-4 tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, squeezed to remove excess juice, roughly chopped, to yield approximately 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced basil (about 8 leaves)*
  • 2 cups grated cheese (combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, or Gruyere or Mozarella)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) of Frank's Hot Sauce (or Tabasco)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

*To slice basil, chiffonade them by stacking the leaves on top of each other, roll them up like a cigar, starting at one end slice the "cigar" crosswise in thin slices.


1 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.

2 Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the chopped tomatoes, using either paper towels, a clean dish towel, or a potato ricer.

3 Sprinkle the bottom of the pre-cooked pie shell with chopped onion. Spread the chopped tomatoes over the onions. Sprinkle the sliced basil over the tomatoes.

4 In a medium bowl, mix together the grated cheese, mayonnaise, Tabasco, 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.

5 Place in oven and bake until browned and bubbly, anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes.

1 comment:

Max said...

dude! We're on the same wavelength.