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.
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 just say mayonnaise? I 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.
There are many similar recipes on the web all slightly varying from blogger to blogger that look fantastic. One Tomato Pie Recipe that I really like, and you might enjoy making this tomato season as well is Tomato Pie by Simply Recipes her recipe was passed down from a close friend of hers years ago while on a vacation. I would almost lay 10 to 1 it’s one of her most cherished recipes to date.
I made my 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.
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
- 1/2 cup butter unsalted diced and chilled
- 3 tablespoons ice water
- extra all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Combine all-purpose flour, salt, ground pepper, and fresh basil, in a food processor. Pulse to mix 1-2 times.
- 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 in using a pastry cutter. Work in one tablespoon of butter at a time.
- Press the homemade dough ball into 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 go so it does not stick to the surface. Roll out the dough to a few inches larger than your pie plate.
- Place in 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 back in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap till ready to use. 1 pie crust recipe will fit comfortably in a 9″ pie plate.
- Place in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 7 minutes.
- Remove from oven and place on the heat-resistant surface till needed.
Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon Recipe
- 1 recipe for Basil Butter Pie Crust
- 3 large Heirloom tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick and halved
- 1 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- 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.
- In a glass dish place freshly grated Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, ground pepper, 1/2 of chopped basil, dried Italian seasoning blend and combine thoroughly.
- 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.
- Cover tomatoes with the cheese and mayonnaise mixture, spread evenly, add chopped crisp bacon to the top.
- Bake in 350-degree oven 30-35 minutes.
- Allow Southern Tomato Pie to cool 25 minutes before slicing
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