Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tomato Pie-Oh MY!!!!

Howdie do.  My Nana says that.   She is Southern.  I love the way she talks.  This post isn't about Nana, but it is Southern.  I originally saw this recipe on my friend  Niecee's blog You can go to her blog, and you will find that she posted the original recipe from another fellow blogger named Teresa.   Teresa's Blog is an awesome blog too.  She lives on beautiful Bainbridge Island, and has  a Wheatie like ours.  Only, hers is a star!!  He was in the play Annie!!!  Anyway, both of these ladies have wonderful blogs, and you should visit them.  But the recipe is called Tomato Pie.  It was everything Teresa said it was.  For the exact recipe, go to either of the blogs I mention to find it.  I am not so good at following a recipe exactly.  Here are some pictures though. 
The tomatoes were not from my garden.  My friend and neighbor Jane gave them to me.  They were nice and plump and flavorful, even though they were not home grown.  You will need some sweet Vidalia onions, which are a must! Some mayo,  a bunch of fresh basil, some parmesan, sharp cheddar cheese, and a premade pie crust.  A little salt and pepper, and that is it.  Let's cook.
 Roll out your pie crust, and then poke holes in the bottom with fork.
 You don't need that many.  I don't know why I went that crazy with my fork?  Put crust in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350, or until golden brown.  Meanwhile, slice up your tomatoes, place them in a colander over a bowl, or in the sink, and sprinkle some sea salt on them to sweat out some of the moisture.
*Note:  I suggest that in addition to salting and sweating the maters, you apply some pressure to them while in the colander, to release some more of their moisture.
Also cut the onions into thin slices.  Use as much or little as you like. I used one large onion sliced thinly.   Chop 1 cup of fresh basil.   Grate  2 cups cheddar cheese, and add 1 cup mayo ( I used a bit less mayo )  Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
When crust comes out of oven,  turn oven up to 375 and then begin by layering half of the onion slices into pan, then top with half of the chopped basil.  And begin to layer tomatoes.
Keep layering tomatoes ( I used three large tomatoes in total )  Then top with the rest of  the basil and more Vidalia onions if desired.
Top entire pie with the cheese/mayo mixture.  Then add parmesan cheese.  Recipe called for 1 1/2 cup, and I only used about half of that.
Pop it back into the oven for 45 minutes.  I would also suggest putting the pie plate onto a cookie tin to avoid bubbling cheese spilling over. 
Allow pie to set up before cutting.  About 10 minutes or so.  
While the pie rested, I grilled up some yellow squash and zucchini from my garden.
We do these a lot on the bbq.  But since I was cooking inside, I used my indoor grill.  I love it. It is a cast iron Lodge grill. 
I slice the veggies in half lengthwise.  Drizzle with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with fresh ground sea salt and pepper.  Get your grill pan screaming hot.  Lay the veggies flesh side down.  Don't move them.  Let them caramelize and get those nice grill marks on them.  We like them barely fork tender.  This won't take long at all.
The tomato pie was AMAZING!!!!  So fresh and delicious!  You've got to try this meatless dish!!!   I can't wait until my tomatoes are coming in.  I know I will be making this again and again!!!  Two thumbs way up.  Thanks Neicee and Teresa!!!  The next I make this, I think I will layer some fresh mozzarella slices over the tomatoes and onions and basil, instead of the cheddar and mayo mixture.  A caprese pie!  Yum!!
While I was making dinner, Erika was out at the pool with Noah.  I could hear lots of laughter and yippees.  I had brought the Little Tikes slide over to the pool deck for the kids to slide down on.  He was having a good ol' time!!!

We just leave the hose on a little trickle and they zoom down the slide into the water!!  Summer is in full swing here at Camp Runamuk!!!
And before I go....I want to say hi and welcome to all of my new followers!  I have visited all of your blogs, and love what I see.   Some of you who have recently commented, don't seem to have blogs.  Kathy b, I love your comments and wish you would start up a blog!!!  Sarah, I loved getting your email, and I was so happy to try to help you find the wire pot hangers that you saw on my blog.  I hope you have found something that works. MommaGott, thank you for taking the time to comment and let  me know you read along. I am so glad you loved the pepperoncini roast!  Isn't that a great recipe!!
Becky, thank you for your comment too.  I hope you are enjoying your pully style clothesline as much as I am!  And I would love to see that family of skunks living under your deck!!!  Good luck with the gopher.  We haven't caught ours yet either!!!   You and MommaGott both need to start blogs!  Deb....you too!!!  Photos of you teaching your grands to roller skate would be a great start!!!
And Marjo....I ran into your beautiful daughter at Target a few weeks ago.  She says you always read along.  And that you enjoy most of the same things I do.  And would love to be a part of a knitting/crocheting group!!!  Please call me!!  Amy can give you my number!  I know we met years ago when our girls graduated from Riverside College.  She says you live nearby....so give me a call and we will get together!!!!
I leave you with this picture.  They are my Dad's roses.  They make me smile.  Holly, I am SO thinking of you!!!!!
XO  Kris

33 comments:

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Yum!!!

Karen Bates said...

Oh, my, I think I could make that pie and it's vegetarian! Wonderful.

Pammy Sue said...

That pie looks to die for! Those tomatoes are so red and beautiful. Oh, there's just not much better than a good summer tomato.

I have no idea how/why I have missed your last several posts. I'm all caught up now though!

Mary said...

I have never seen a tomato pie like that!! Yummy !!

Gloria said...

OMY Look amazing!!

Val said...

Pie Perfection!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

I'm with everyone else......it looks so yummy! I wish I had one for tonights dinner!!!
xoRobin❤

Libby said...

My family LOVES tomato pie. My recipe is a bit different from yours. Will have to change it up a little this year when the tomatoes come in.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've been making a tomato pie like this for the past few years. It is amazing..and if you add mozarella it will taste like pizza, especially if you season it with basil and oregano.

Kelli said...

Yummy! My grandma makes something like this but it does not have the top.
You always share the best looking and sounding recipes.

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

That looks so delicious, can't wait to give it a try. I will have to wait for my garden tomatoes first, the ones in the store around here taste like styrofoam. I will also use mozzarella cheese.
I enjoyed fresh mint from my garden in my smoothies this morning and I have plenty of basil growing for the tomato pie recipe:)

MommaGott said...

I will have to try that pie once we get some tomatoes this summer! I dont think i will be starting my own blog, but i so enjoy reading others! I stay at home with my 2 sons - 6 and 8 - and boy do they keep me busy! It was a nice surprise to get your email - thanks! Jen

MommaGott said...

Oops, meant to type my boys are 5 and 8!

Bethany said...

Howdie do. Oh my. I haven't heard that in years and years (my grandma used to say that and she's been gone 18 years). Thanks for the memory :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Wow...that looks delicious... and the veggies, too!

Grammy Staffy said...

Yummy.... I will have to try that pie. I love tomatoes but I've never had them in pie.

We just got home last night. It was a great trip and visit with our kiddos. I would love to get together. Would you like to go to lunch? Let me know. Hugs, Lura

Grayseasailor said...

Kris, thanks for being such a good encourager!
The recipes look yummy!
The water slide looks like sooooo much fun!
Joy to you and yours,
Gracie <3

Holly said...

Holy cow that pie looks so good. Thanks for the text messages. I kinda feel like I'm walking around in a daze. Miss you bunches!

Heather - The Good Life said...

The pie sounds great. That is one of the things I love about summer, all the wonderful fresh produce that is available. Enjoy your day. Heather

Connie said...

When living in Indiana I visited a quilt shop in the area that once had a tearoom. I would usually stop there for lunch when I shopped. One popular lunch item was their Shaker Tomato Pie. Later they published a cookbook and it has their recipe so I began making the pie at home. It calls for canned tomatoes and they turned out nicely too. I haven't made it with fresh but will try to this summer. I love the taste of tomato pie altho the name doesn't sound all that tempting, actually. I used to make it for a ladies' group I entertained and they loved it.
Oh how I'd love to live near enough to be in your group too but the hike from IL to CA is a wee bit too long.

Neicee said...

That pie was delish! I made it this weekend also! Great post your pictures are amazing.

Nicolle said...

I bet Noah was loving that slide! How fun.

Your tomato pie and your squash look divine. Yum. My mouth is watering. I LOVE tomato pie. We made some a while back. Here is mine:

http://boydscrazymama.blogspot.com/2010/10/yesterday.html

I think I will be making one again soon.

xo.

Ms. Redo said...

Been reading your through blog - so much great stuff. This pie looks amazing! How cool is it to have bloggers right in your own town? Well, I'm adding you to my sidebar reader so we can keep up. Hugs ~ Mary

Pam said...

How funny... while I was reading through your tomato pie recipe, I was thinking that mozzarella would be a healthier option over the cheddar/mayo mixture. Great minds think alike! :)

I LOVE the photo of your Dad's roses.

Debbie said...

Oh my that pie has gotten my name written all over it!! YUM YUM YUM!! Can't wait to try it! Sounds like you are enjoying your summer....

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Now this is one my hubby will certainly love! I am going to try it next week. You are the most thoughtful blogger and friend...Have a wonderful day at Camp Runamuck! We need to arrange a time to get together with the grands. Patty

Mereknits said...

You are lovely, can I say that again? You are just so lovely.
Meredith

Betsy said...

I want to join your camp! What are the age limits? Lol. What a blessing it is to have your family so close. Ours live too far away.

Blessings,
Betsy
Http://Betsy-thesimplelifeofaqueen.blogspot.com

kathy b said...

i Must try that pie.
I had a simliar favorite from Bisquick but it does not have mayo and parmesan for a crust...
Im trying to eat less meat so this is perfect thanks

Jann Olson said...

Oh Kris I can't wait till my tomatoes, onions, basil and squash are ready to harvest. I am saving this post so I can get the recipe when the time comes. The pie looks so yummy! I love those sweet onions. We plant them every year. Thanks for sharing. Kids look like they are having a great time and I love your daddy's roses.
Hugs,
Jann

Just a little something from Judy said...

Oh my goodness, it is lunch time here and I just finished reading your post on tomato pie, and I wish I could just reach into the computer and cut me a big slice. It looks so good to me! It reminds me of a little cafe' that I visited lately called, "The Tomato Pie Cafe'". It great food.

Kerri said...

Kris, you make me smile...you're just so darn nice! I love that you give a shout out to all your new commenters...that's just how you are. And if I lived nearby I would want to be in your knitting club too! I wouldn't knit...but I would bring snacks and chit chat!
The tomato pie looks so pretty and sounds so good. I will let you know how mine turns out after I make it!
Have a great weekend!

NanaNor's said...

Kris, As always your dishes look delicious. If my girls get an over abundance of tomatoes we will make plenty of these. I'm staying home for the weekend but hubby is doing a road trip to Illinois, to help sil pick up a tent-trailer. Hunter and I will be having fun-watching dog shows. Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Noreen