Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tomato Pie

Sometimes you come across a recipe that just sounds wrong. For instance, "Tomato Pie". I mean, most people hear the word "pie" and you think of things like the classic all-American apple pie. I admit curiosity got the better of me and off I went to see what exactly this tomato pie was all about! So I read the recipe and I was leery - I can't lie. The idea of baking mayo just didn't sit well with me but I am pretty open to trying new things, so the ingredients found their way to my shopping list and Tomato Pie went on that weeks menu. Top Mommy Blogs - Mom Blog Directory

You can find the recipe HERE on the Tastes Better From Scratch blog. She's got a ton of recipes and I am definitely going to be checking more of them out - the spicy chicken lettuce wraps caught my eye! ;-)

Ingredients
  1. 5 tomatoes, peeled and sliced (Roma work best)
  2. 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup chopped green onion, or red onion
  4. 1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell
  5. 1 cup grated mozzarella
  6. 1 cup grated cheddar
  7. 3/4 cup mayonnaise (or half mayo, half Greek yogurt)
  8. 2 Tbsp fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  9. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes. Use a paper towel to pat fry the tomatoes and make sure all of the juice is out. (You don't want wet tomatoes or your pie will turn out soggy).
  3. Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and mayonnaise together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.
Adapted from Paula Deen

Once again I used my go-to pie crust recipe but you could buy a prepared crust. I don't like the store bought pie crust as I've noticed most of them seem to contain lard and I can't stomach the smell or taste of lard. And honestly pie crust isn't that hard to make. Give it a go - you'll see! 
So how was the tomato pie? It was delicious! We all really enjoyed it, including the kids. It seems like an odd combination of ingredients but honestly it comes together wonderfully. I can't wait to make it again esp in the summer when I can get farm fresh tomatoes. Yum!!! 

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