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May 6th 2008
archived under: Meatless, Recipes, Sides, Vegetables

The first time I posted this recipe was back in September of ’07. Two things have happened since then:

  1. I figured out that I like this dish even better (if that was possible!) if I peel the tomatoes first, and
  2. I have gotten much, much better at food photography.

So, here’s the same recipe, a second time around!

I make my own crust (the recipe is here), but store-bought should work fine too. If you have a pastry crust recipe you like though, feel free to use that!

If you’re using a commercial crust, you may want to pre-bake it for a few minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you’re picky like me, you might want to peel and de-seed your tomatoes before you slice them. If not, slice away. Lay your tomatoes on paper towels or cloth to absorb the excess water. No one wants a soggy pie! When your tomatoes are ready, fill your crust with them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, basil and onion powder. Like I said in the original post, I am very liberal with the basil and salt.

tomato pie filled pastry crust
Then, mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 2 cups of your choice of shredded cheese (this time I used mozzarella). Spread this over the tomatoes.

tomato pie cheese filled pastry crust

If you’re using homemade crust, you can add the top now, making sure to poke vents into it. If you’re using a commercial crust, don’t worry! It’s just fine without a “lid.”

tomato pie double pastry crust

Protect the edges of your crust with a shield. If you don’t have a pre-made one, aluminum foil will work perfectly.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, then remove the foil.

cover pie crust edges with aluminum or tin foil

Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until your crust is goldeny delicious.

tomato pie bake until golden

If you can wait, it’s good to let the pie sit for 10-15 minutes, so everything can congeal inside. I couldn’t wait this time, so the slices in these pictures are a bit oozy. (Mmm….) If you let it sit, it’ll slice into pieces that are actually triangular, rather than triangular-plus-oozage.

delicious tomato pie with flaky pastry crust

I missed some seeds I guess! But a few don’t bother me. Doesn’t it look delightful? Mmmmmm! Tomato Pie!

serve up tomato pie with pastry crust for dinner





frankie (1 comments)

This was wonderful! I too found it while looking for a corn boil time and am I glad I did! I forgot the onion powder and I added a little bit of bacon bits (real ones…not those hard little ones from the grocery) and it was amazing! I just nuked a leftover slice for lunch and it was good as well.

I wonder how it would be with a bit of spinach added in….




Wendy (1 comments)

Like many others I came across this when I was looking for how to make corn on the cob. My tomatoes are coming in and we have about 10 on the table so I thought I would give it a try. When I first told my husband he looked at me like I was nuts. Now he loves it. He went to work and he told everyone about it and I think they think he is nuts. The easiest way to get the skins off the tomatoes is to boil water and have a bowl of ice water ready. Put an X with a knife and then put it into the hot water. About 20 seconds later the skin will start to buckle then pull it out and put it in the ice water to you can handle it. The skin will come right off.




Matilda (2 comments)

I stumbled across this site and recipe when I was looking up how to cook up corn on the cob properly (which was very tasty too), this looked so good I cooked it the next day. Cups are easy to convert to grams if people need just google the ingredient as they are all different values depending on type.

I made it with a mixture of Mozzarella and Cheddar and a small bit of Parmesan. I made my pastry with vegetarian suet pellets and it needed quite a bit more water than the recipe but it was fine. The pie stuck to the non-stick tin like glue though I think I might invest in a silicone pan soon as I am fed up with pies not actually coming out.

This recipe tastes awesome, thank you very much for sharing.




Matilda (2 comments)

I stumbled across this site and recipe when I was looking up how to cook up corn on the cob properly (which was very tasty too), this looked so good I cooked it the next day. I made it with a mixture of Mozzarella and Cheddar and a small bit of Parmesan. I made my pastry with vegetarian suet pellets and it needed quite a bit more water than the recipe but it was fine. The pie stuck to the non-stick tin like glue though I think I might invest in a silicone pan soon as I am fed up with pies not actually coming out.

This recipe tastes awesome, thank you very much for sharing.




Lori (1 comments)

This sounds wonderfully delicious! I’m definitely trying this ASAP! Thanks for sharing this recipe.




Diane (1 comments)

I JUST tried this recipe tonight, complete with your pie crust and my husband and I LOVED it! The crust was superb and the pie was so tasty. Used fresh basil and didn’t have onion powder, so used garlic powder. Will def make again, a real winner here…thank you!




Betsy (10 comments)

Another day late and a dollar short, but I made this recipe for dinner tonight, complete with pie crust. I actually made individual servings in ramekins – big hit!

Betsy from WU




Kschindler (1 comments)

I made this today for a bunch of old Southern women. The only changes I made were: chiffonade basil instead of dried (about 3 tablespoons), roma tomatoes, and Jarlsberg cheese. Everything else was true to your recipe. The pie crust was simple and delicious and will likely become my default recipe when baking pot pies, etc. The women could not stop talking about this pie the whole time they were eating… and for hours afterward. Every single one asked for the recipe in private. One lady said, “It's just called tomato pie? Surely it has a French name.” HAHA. Thanks again for another winner!




maggiemay (1 comments)

This looks great! What substitute would you recommend to replace the mayo?




Adam (1 comments)

This is clearly a decadent recipe and not for calorie counters. So my two cents is, why skip the mayo?

That said, I imagine that, although it would taste different, add some light olive oil or even Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the tomato portion of the recipe, but you would also need to make sure to be liberal with the salt as you will be missing a lot of the flavor/seasoning that the mayo brings to the party.

There isn’t many ingredients that will replace mayo, especially without knowing why it needs to be omitted. Do you just not like it? Are you allergic to one of the ingredients in Mayo?… basically all of mayonnaise’s main ingredients (oil, salt, egg yolks) are already present in this recipe…

I would imagine you could skip it altogether, or maybe replace it with a similar ingredient like sour cream or creme fraiche, or even whipped eggs and go for a quiche type meal.

Anyway, this recipe looks wonderful, basically like a pizza pie, but literally a pie.




Cissy (1 comments)

I stumbled across this page while surfing tonight, and this looked so good I made it for dinner. It was wonderful! This is a wonderful way to use up those “ugly” tomatoes from the garden! I did add a little chopped onion, garlic, and used some fresh basil from a pot on the deck. Yummmmm…. Thank you so much!




Amy (1 comments)

I had this for dinner tonight, and it was DELICIOUS. I will add some onions and try making the crust next time!




JC (1 comments)

Being a true “GRITS” I love a tomato pie, I do however like to chop my Vidalia onion, mix with a clove of pressed garlic and use fresh basil, layering this mixture and then a layer of tomatoes…the most ecellent treat this time of year with an ear of Silver Queen corn.




BJ (1 comments)

Thanks for a most delicious recipe. I have shared it many times. Blessings!




Joyful Abode (1044 comments)

Anna, I generally buy around 4-6 if they’re big, more if they’re small… err on the side of too many. It’s not a horrible thing to have extra tomatoes around!




anna (1 comments)

looks delish! about how many large tomatoes do you end up putting into your pies?




Jen (2 comments)

Wow, that looks and sounds amazing! I may have to whip it up this weekend!




Betty (1 comments)

This looks so awesome. I saw it the other day and had to make it. So just assembled it and it’s in the oven!!
I can’t wait for the 30 minutes to be over. Thanks for sharing your recipes!!




elizabeth of course (1 comments)

Oh my! I’m making this tonight!




Lucy (2 comments)

That pie looks so lovely. I can’t wait to try it. I am wishing I had my hands on some fresh tomatoes to try it right now!! My plants are so tiny. I don’t know if I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing such a lovely pie!




kathleen (1 comments)

That looks amazing! I love your blog too!




LSKcrochet (3 comments)

Oh my, that looks good! I’m terrible at making pie crust. The one time that I thought that I may have gotten the hang of it, my daughter sneezed on the dough right as I was placing it into the pan! I tossed it out and haven’t tried another since. I might have to try yours though!




Marcy (1 comments)

Yet another being who was looking for the “perfect” way to boil corn on the cob tonight (which, as the others have already noted – was awesome, by the way!) ;) … when I found this.

We have TONS of tomatoes from our garden, including the plum & cherry varieties — and have been wondering what to do with ‘em all (other than share with fam & friends, of course…) My 8-yr old daughter insists she can only “handle” tomatoes if they are cooked … and my husband (a former Marine so I can identify with you, girl!) :) will eat ANYTHING (& I mean anything) slathered in cheese. This sounds like a Davies-family-winner from every angle. Can’t wait to try it — thanks for sharing. You sound like a lovely gal, dedicated military wife, great mom, and fantastic cook! Glad I found ya! :)




Emily Chapelle (191 comments)

Glad you found me too! I hope you sign up for the email list so you’ll know when I post new stuff. :) Tomato pie is soooo good. I hope you all love it! So happy you were trying to figure out how to boil your corn on the cob. ;)






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