September 1, 2011

Tomatoes from a Friend

The other day at the pottery studio I met a new friend who offered me some juicy, ready to be enjoyed, tomatoes. Of course I couldn't say no. I very rarely say no to free food especially fresh from somebodies garden food. As the clay spun around the wheel my head spun about those juicy tomatoes and what I should do with them. I wanted to just bite into one, the smell was so enticing, and throwing pottery works up quite the appetite. But I knew these were special tomatoes and they deserved to be treated special. I thought of a recent post I read about a Tomato Cobbler.  But I didn't think the tomatoes I had would work for that since they were so big and juicy. That's when I decided to make me a Tomato Pie. I figured that other pies have juicy fillings so this might work a little better. And it did. That pie was divine! Those tomatoes made an absolutely wonderful pie filling.

Here's the Recipe that inspired my Tomato Pie (click here for printable recipe)

  • 4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped (I used some fresh Thyme too)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (I used a white onion, since that's what I had)
  • 1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell  (I whipped up my own homemade crust, the recipe is here)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (o YEAH!!! don't leave this out)
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes.

This is an important step, don't forget it.

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 bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.

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  1. Is it like a quiche?

  2. Well quiche is made with an egg custard. Since I just used tomatoes as the filling it's not really like a quiche. Although the top of it is a mixture of mayo and cheese and mayo is primarily egg. I guess they are similar :)


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