Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tomato pie & a sweet old lady

I was at the fruit stand the other day when a little old lady came up and started talking to the Farmer, I was loading baskets so all I heard was "tomato pie" and "I loved it!" I assumed she had made a tomato pie with his tomatoes and that she had liked it. I walked over smiling and wiping my blackberry covered hands on my shirt and she said, "Is this your wife?" He smiled and put his arm around me and told her "Soon to be." Then she did a sweet smile at me, told me I better learn to make tomato pie then winked and left with her produce. I looked over at the Farmer and asked what that was about. He proceeded to tell me that the little old lady had given him a recipe for tomato pie and he had fallen in love with it. So what did I do? I searched for a tomato pie recipe.

Here's a recipe for tomato pie I found at, not only does it look mouth-watering but it's extremely simple. I plan on making this whenever the Farmer decides to stock up my kitchen with tomatoes again. 

Here's what you'll need for this:

4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
10 fresh chopped basil leaves 
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 - 9 inch deep dish pie shell
2 cups of grated cheese of your choice (mozzarella and cheddar are what was used)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp salt (for drawing out tomato juice)
1 clove garlic, chopped
Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Once oven is preheated, bake pie shell for 10 minutes. After crust is finished, reduce heat to 350 degrees F.
2.  While crust is baking, lay tomato slices in a layer on the bottom of a collander in the sink and sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt.  Let tomatoes drain for 10-15 minutes.  Transfer to flat paper towels and pat off any excess moisture (this prevents the pie from being watery).
3.  Lay half of the tomato slices in the bottom of the pie shell.  In a small bowl, mix together green onions, basil, garlic, salt and pepper.  Sprinkle half of mixture over tomatoes in pie crust.  Layer in second half of tomato slices and top with the rest of the onion/basil mixture.
4.  In a separate bowl, combine cheese and mayonnaise.  Spread mixture on top of the pie.  
5.  Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cut into slices and serve warm.  

Last night we tried this recipe and OH MY GOODNESS. This was AMAZING! The smell of basil filled my kitchen and I felt like I was in an Italian Bistro. This recipe is definitely one that will stay in my cookbooks. If you love Italian food then this is one recipe you'll want to try! I had the Farmer and his sister to try it and the Farmer was blown away! His sister who doesn't even like tomatoes actually had two slices! The only recommendation I got though was to throw in some bacon next time. Ha! These country folks like their bacon!


  1. What do U do with the garlic?

    1. Hey Julie! In step three, whenever you're mixing the green onions, basil and salt/Pepper you throw the chopped garlic in there too. Hope you enjoy it!