Jun 13, 2012

You're My Tomato Pie

I know that if it was summer all year round I wouldn't find it special, etc. etc. Maybe I just wish for summertime tomatoes all year round.  A watery, pale wintertime tomato is just plain depressing.  Summertime tomatoes are a completely different animal.  I like having a plate of sliced tomatoes with every meal through September.  Or, if I am feeling ambitious, this simple tomato pie.


  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 10 large basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 pre-baked pie shell
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar (please do not buy pre-grated nonsense please)
  • 1 cup mozzarella, grated (GRATE YOURSELF)
  • salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Bake your pie crust as you would to prep for a quiche (normally about 400 for 15 minutes)

Peel and slice 4 tomatoes (did you know that if you stick your tomatoes in boiling water for about 30 seconds, the skins will pop right off?)

Lay the tomato slices in a colander, salt and let drain for 20-30 minutes.  If you have some particularly juicy tomatoes, pat down on them with a paper towel.  Making a non-watery tomato pie takes vigilance.

Mix the cheeses together with your mayo.

In your pie crust, layer the tomatoes (make sure all the moisture you can get out is removed),  Top with green onions and basil.  Top with the cheese mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes, then let rest for about ten.  This will help prevent the watery issue!  Yum!

My other tomato pie is getting into this rice cereal thing- I can't way to start her on some finger food in a month and a half!

My other kiddo got a prompt bath as well.  He loves staying out in the country at my parents house.  Despite numerous and strenuous efforts to keep him restrained, Buddy cannot be contained.  The lure of deer and wild turkeys was too much and he escaped through a barricaded screen door to return covered in deer droppings.   A cold hose did not dampen his enthusiasm.

So messy, simple pleasures seem to be the thing around these parts lately.  That sums up my summer philosophy quite nicely I think- tomato pie, muddy fur, and dirty mouths!  And of course, grocery store feet!


  1. Glory be! I've been looking everywhere for a veggie-pie-type recipe that doesn't contain eggs (my son is allergic)! Thank you so much for posting!

    On my dinner menu for this weekend for sure!

  2. Yum! I make these a lot too but only when we have yard tomatoes!! DH and the rice cereal pics make me happy. Buddy does too!

  3. i am SO looking forward to trying out rice cereal soon!!! love those walmart feet--LOL

  4. My dogs are crazy with the bunnies, deer, birds, and other critters this summer. I feel like I'm spending most of my time bathing them or bathing myself after playing with them.

    That tomato pie looks amazing. I've always wanted to try making one of those; do you leave the juice/seeds from the center in when you slice them?


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