What do you do when you have a drawer full of fresh picked tomatoes and a hankering for something rich with a good depth of flavor? Whip up one of these delicious tomato pies. I read through a few different recipes for tomato pie, but ultimately, I sort of made this up as I went along by combining a few different elements of multiple recipes and it turned out amazing.
Now for this recipe, I'm including my grandmother's recipe for homemade crust, but you can easily use a store bought pre-made crust from the freezer section if you want to save some time and make a little less of a mess.
Crust: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup crisco 1 tsp salt 4 tbsp cold water. Mix all that up with a fork and roll out, press gently into a pie dish and up the sides. You can skip this step as I mentioned above by just using a pre-made pie crust from the grocery. Bake pie shell 10 minutes at 375. While it bakes, thinly slice up 4 medium ripe tomatoes, place them in a colander and sprinkle a little salt over top to draw out water and let set in colander for about 15 minutes or so. After that, spread them out on a paper towel and pat them dry to remove any remaining water. In a bowl, mix up 1/4 cup julienned fresh basil leaves, 2 tsp dried chives (you could do 1/4 cup fresh diced scallions instead if you have them), 1 tbsp minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste. In a separate bowl, combine 3/4 cup of mayo (I used Duke;s), 1 cup shredded cheese and 1 cup shredded mozzarella. Once pie shell comes out, spread half the tomato slices over the bottom, then half of basil mixture. Repeat with other half of tomatoes and basil mix. Then top with mayo/ cheese mix. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
The photos I shared above depict the last paragraph of the directions if you're a visual person like me
Here's the finished product.
A lot of people will prepare this as a side to a meal, but we just had this as our main course and were completely stuffed afterwards. It was definitely a huge hit though. If you've never tried tomato pie, the best way I can describe it would be to say it's like pizza, but with amplified flavors. Using all the fresh ingredients really makes the flavors so much more powerful.
In non-food news, we had a fun weekend around here. It started off with a crazy Friday night. See below...
I have seriously loved playing Super Nintendo for as long as I can remember and a while back, while we were traveling through North Carolina, Juston and I stopped at a big indoor flea market and hit pay dirt in Super Nintendo games. I even found my old favorite, Power Rangers. So we decided to play for a while Friday night before bed and had the best time.
Saturday night, we headed downtown to have dinner and watch the dancers and band perform at our annual Oktoberfest. The town does a really great job with the event and it has grown pretty steadily every year since it's inception. We were invited to the dinner by one of Juston's business associates and decided last minute to bring Caroline, too since a lot of my friends would be there with their kids, there were bounce houses and it was just a laid-back event. She really loved watching the dancers, especially.
This had the potential to be such a cute family selfie until Caroline slipped her "flower" into it.
Any time we're downtown, we have to walk around and see all of the fountains. She still refuses to throw coins in and make a wish. Such a practical child, she is. She gets it from her Daddy.
And how cute is our downtown!? I just love it. I used to have a small gift shop in downtown and just loved it. Truth be told, I may end up opening a business again one day when Caroline starts school. Who wouldn't want this view every day?
Sunday was just perfect. We started it with family breakfast, then church, hit the pool and ended it out on the boat cruising the river. It was a great weekend.