July 3, 2011
"As American as Tomato Pie"
The first time someone asked me if I had ever had tomato pie, I thought they were kidding. Who in their right mind would ever think of putting tomatoes in a pie? I must admit the thought of a tomato pie seemed repugnant and I'm sure my facial expression further confirmed that "this shall never pass my lips". However, my wife can be very convincing at times and finally persuaded me to just try " a brownie bite" a ploy often used on our kids to get them to try something new. I could not believe how something so terrible sounding could be so good. If you like tomato sandwiches (which I do) then you are going to love this pie. It is ridiculously simple to put together and only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish.
Use a regular deep dish (9 in) pie crust. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes, let cool.
While crust is cooling, peel and slice several tomatoes and place on paper towels to absorb moisture.
Add tomatoes to cooled crust along with sliced (or diced) onion (Vadalia works great) if you want. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and sweet basil. Sprinkle a little regular flour to absorb moisture.
Continue layering tomatoes......
Mix 3/4 cup of mayo, 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese of choice (we like sharp cheddar). Spread
on top of tomatoes.
Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until brown.