Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon

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?

 

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.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.

 

 

 

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.There are many similar recipes on the web all slightly varying from blogger to blogger that looks 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 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 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
Directions
  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 dish place freshly grated Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, ground pepper, 1/2 of chopped basil, dried Italian seasoning blend 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 350-degree oven 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 go so it does 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 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.

 

 

 

5 from 11 votes
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.
Southern Tomato Pie with Bacon
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Cool
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

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.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Southern Tomato Pie, Tomato Pie
Servings: 6 People
Author: hmccallum
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
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F°

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Cover the tomatoes with the cheese and mayonnaise mixture, then spread evenly, add the chopped crisp bacon to the top.

  6. Bake in 350-degree oven 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow Southern Tomato Pie to cool 25 minutes before slicing

 

 

 

 

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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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