This Tomato Pie recipe is just creamy, cheesy, tomato’y goodness in a pie crust. Bursting with all the flavors of home grown tomatoes. I would almost dare to call this a TRUE pizza pie.
Finally! After two years of barely having any tomatoes, we have a bunch. All getting ripe at the same time. We only put in four tomato plants, then we got this crazy long heat wave. I think the heat wave lasted 22 days. Right when we had a bunch of green tomatoes. This makes it a little tricky to know what these plants want to stay happy.
If they get too hot they’ll go dormant, which is what happened 2 years ago. Last year it was just too cool most of the summer, and we didn’t get any good ripe tomatoes until almost October. So this is why I say finally got some good ones.
Now, I am not saying these tomatoes were really pretty on the outside though. They looked stressed from all the heat this year, but they are still tasty. Not wanting any to go to waste I said jokingly, “I don’t know what to do with all these tomatoes except make a tomato pie”, not even knowing that was an actual thing.
After a little search online I soon discovered that tomato pie is a Southern thing. There’s a couple different versions out there. The recipe that I liked the looks of the most, was this one from Saveur magazine when they did a feature on Chef & the Farmer restaurant. It seems that Chef & the Farmer is more than a little popular because of it’s tomato pie, making me want to try it even more.
I did however change it up a little, mainly because I had a lot of cheddar cheese and onions to use. So why not give it try? I’m pretty sure at least part of my bloodline comes from the Deep South.
One of my first kitchen memories from childhood was helping my Mom cut the dumplings for chicken and dumplings. Something that I of course had my kids do too when they were younger. Hopefully the tradition continues, the little ones love to help. I think it also helps with getting children to try new things. Kids can do something with Mom or Dad in the kitchen, plus they are more likely to eat it, since they helped make it.
We really didn’t know what to expect when making this. At first I thought this recipe sounded a little odd because it has mayo in the recipe. But when you put it all together you can’t tell it’s even in there. It’s just creamy, cheesy, tomato’y goodness in a pie crust. Bursting with all the flavors of those home grown tomatoes. I would almost dare to call this tomato pie a TRUE pizza pie, since pizza is exactly what it reminded me of.
We decided to have this as a side dish with some BBQ pork steaks, but for anyone who likes to have meatless Monday, I think this would be right down your alley too.
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