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Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon

August 28, 2014 (Last Updated: March 1, 2021)

Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon is a tradition in the South, much like Sweet Tea. Most Southern Tomato Pie recipes will be similar to a slight variance depending on your family’s tradition and background. It usually consists of Heirloom tomatoes, your favorite cheese, mayonnaise, and fresh herbed in a homemade pie crust.

If you aren’t from the Southern States or have family down South, you might be scratching your head now. You might even be wondering aloud, What is a Tomato Pie, and did she say mayonnaise?

 

Southern Tomato Pie with BaconI know some of you may be thinking it’s an odd idea to make a pie from Tomatoes, Cheese, and mayonnaise after one bite. I bet you feel a little differently about the idea. I can tell you I have been a firm believer in the combination since I was a small child.

What does it taste like? My first response is Mmm Delicious! It’s a Savory combination that has a hint of sweetness from the vine-ripened Heirloom Tomatoes with an amazing gooey cheesy flavor and crisp bacon that will have you smacking your lips together in amazement.

 

 

 

Southern Tomato Pie with BaconMany similar recipes on the web, all slightly varying from blogger to blogger, look fantastic. One Tomato Pie Recipe that I really like and enjoy making this tomato season is  Tomato Pie by Simply Recipes BlogThe recipe was passed down from a close friend of hers years ago while on vacation. I would almost lay 10 to 1. It’s one of her most cherished recipes to date.

I made this flavorful Southern Tomato Pie with a Homemade Basil and Butter Pie crust. If you are running short on time, feel free to skip over the Homemade Pie Crust and use a Frozen crust, there are some great brands out there these days.

 

 

Time-saving tips:

  1. If you are short on time, use a ready-made pie crust, there are a few good brands sold at the market.
  2. Use Boar’s Head or your brand of Fully Cooked Bacon to save on cook time.

 

 

 

Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon

  • 1 recipe for Basil Butter Pie Crust
  • 3 large Heirloom tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick and halved
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt to sweat tomatoes
  • 1 cup freshly grated Swiss Cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2  teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup assorted chopped fresh basil, divided x2
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb blend
  • 4 slices of crisp bacon, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper to taste

 

 

 

Directions for Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place sliced tomatoes flat on cutting the board or large plate and salt both sides to start the sweating process (this helps remove excess juice from the heirloom tomatoes. Place tomatoes in a colander while baking pie crust above for 7-8 minutes.
  3. In a glass d, freshly grated Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, ground pepper, 1/2 of chopped basil, dried Italian seasoning bl, end and combine thoroughly.
  4. Pat dry tomatoes that have been sweating in the colander to remove excess juices. Place them in pie crust evenly, add another 1/2 of chopped basil, salt, and pepper to taste if desired.
  5. Cover tomatoes with the cheese and mayonnaise mixture spread evenly, add chopped crisp bacon to the top.
  6. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Allow Southern Tomato Pie to cool 25 minutes before slicing.

 

 

 

Basil and Butter Homemade Pie Crust

  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2  tablespoons fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted diced and chilled
  • 3  tablespoons of ice water
  • extra all-purpose flour
 
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Combine all-purpose flour, salt, ground pepper, and fresh basil in a food processor. Pulse to mix 1-2 times.
  3. Add the cold diced butter and pulse about 4x or until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Add 3 tablespoons of ice water and pulse a few times or pulse until the dough forms a ball.  If you find your pie dough mixture is a little dry, you can add another tablespoon of water. If needed, you can cut the butter by using a pastry cutter. Work in one tablespoon of butter at a time.
  4. Press the homemade dough ball onto a floured surface and turn in flour, then roll to a 1/4″ of an inch thickness. Be sure to turn and rotate the Homemade pie dough as you do not stick to the surface. Roll out the dough to a few inches larger than your pie plate.
  5. Place in the pie plate and press the edges to fit—Tuck under any edges that overhang and crimp. Be sure to prick holes in the crust so that while baking, it does not shrink. Brush lightly with olive oil. If needed, you may place it back in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap till ready to use. 1  pie crust recipe will fit comfortably in a 9″ pie plate.
  6. Place in the preheated oven at 400 degrees for 7  minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and place on the heat-resistant surface till needed.

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon

Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon

hmccallum
Southern Tomato Pie is a tradition in the South, much like Sweet Tea. Most Southern Tomato Pie recipes will be similar with a slight variance depending on your traditions and background.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Cool 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 6 People
Calories 493 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Pie Crust See blog for the homemade crust recipe
  • 6 slices Thick-Sliced Smoked Bacon Fried to a crisp and chopped
  • 3-4 large Heirloom Tomatoes Sliced ¼ inch thick
  • teaspoons Kosher Salt To sweat tomatoes
  • 1 cup Swiss Cheese Hand shredded
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ Fresh Basil Chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Italian herb blend

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F°
  • Place the sliced tomatoes flat on cutting the board or large plate and salt both sides to start the sweating process (this helps remove excess juice from the heirloom tomatoes. Place tomatoes in a colander while baking pie crust above for 7-8 minutes.
  • In a glass dish place freshly grated Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, ground pepper, 1/2 of the chopped basil, dried Italian seasoning blend and combine thoroughly.
  • Pat dry the tomatoes that have been sweating in the colander to remove excess juices. Place them in pie crust evenly, (see blog post for Homemade Pie Crust) add another 1/2 of the chopped basil, salt, and pepper to taste if desired.
  • Cover the tomatoes with the cheese and mayonnaise mixture, then spread evenly, add the chopped crisp bacon to the top.
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow Southern Tomato Pie to cool 20-25 minutes before slicing

Notes

Although themccallumsshamrockpatch.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Under no circumstances will themccallumsshamrockpatch.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 493kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 12gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 996mgPotassium: 328mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 933IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Southern Tomato Pie, Tomato Pie
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Southern Tomato Pie is a tradition in the South, much like Sweet Tea. Most Southern Tomato Pie recipes will be similar to, with a slight variance depending on your families tradition and background. It usually always consists of Heirloom tomatoes, your favorite cheese, mayonnaise, and fresh herbs all contained in a homemade pie crust.

 

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Kara
    June 20, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve got this finishing up in the oven right now! I’m so excited to dig in!

  • Reply
    homemadefoodjunkie
    April 28, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I made a version of this pie for the first time. I’m from the North. Up here I had never heard of mayo as a pie topping. I scratched my head and tried to find an alternate. No luck. I finally made my garden pie with a mayo topping and we LOVED it! You southerners sure know how to cook!

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