Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Classic Southern Tomato Pie

Tomato pie, using simple fresh ingredients - juicy tomatoes and fresh herbs, layered in a flaky pie crust, with sweet onion and cheese. Dress the top with the traditional mayonnaise and cheese mixture, and you've got a classic southern tomato pie.
Tomato pie, using simple fresh ingredients - juicy tomatoes and fresh herbs, layered in a flaky pie crust, with sweet onion and cheese. Dress the top with the traditional mayonnaise and cheese mixture, and you've got a classic southern tomato pie.

Classic Southern Tomato Pie

Yes! It really is still summer, I swear. If you don't believe me, c'mon down to the Deep South, and I'll show you what heat and humidity are like in September along the Gulf Coast. We were at the Biloxi Seafood Festival this Saturday with the grandkids, and it was as hot as it has been all summer, though we did have a nice cold front pass through Sunday.

Temps have been down in the mid-80s with low humidity for a few days and it has been just gorgeous. Only those of us who live our lives in the South understand that is considered "nice and cool."

Still, I know a lot of recipe websites and food bloggers are anxious to move on to fall recipes once we cross that Labor Day line in the beach sand, but fall really is officially a little bit away yet. Even longer than that here in the Deep South if you're talking temperatures... so I'm still fixated on summer dishes.

Besides, there's only a little more time left to enjoy those summer tomatoes y'all and this savory pie is a great way! Then we'll be back to those mealy, tasteless tomatoes that are picked too early and refrigerated to travel across the country, or even the world.

Truth is, I intended to bring you this recipe all summer long, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Vidalias are all but gone by now, but thankfully, you can find sweet onions year-round. Those will have to do.

I absolutely adore this pie and I can make a meal of it for days. I actually have to, since The Cajun isn't mush interested in things like tomato pies. Unlike the quiche style tomato pie I also love, this one is the more classic, mayo topped, southern style tomato pie and not the tomato (pizza) pie that some of y'all think of when you hear the words "tomato pie."

I just love this country!

This tomato pie is the one that has layers of tomato, cheese, fresh herbs, and for me a little onion and bacon, and is finished with a topping of a mayonnaise and cheese mixture.

Make your own homemade pie crust or buy a good commercial crust like Pillsbury brand. Since I got my Ninja blender last Christmas I have been using it for both pizza and pie crusts too. Unlike the heavier food processor that has to be stored and then dragged out of storage, the blender stays on the counter and sure makes it easy to whip up a nice crust in no time.

Although I still can't get my homemade crusts to look as pretty as a Pillsbury crust, this blender has really grown on me.

Hey... rustic is in anyway, right?

Get this luscious tomato pie in while you still can - or at least save it to your recipe box for next season. It's definitely a winner.

Here's how to make it.


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