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