Tomatoes, fresh from the vine, are one of summer’s greatest gifts. There’s so many ways to use them, but few are simpler or more delicious than a tomato pie. When I first heard the term “tomato pie” – I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Was it sweet? It was after all pie, right?  But, after one bite I was hooked.

Tomatoes and onions are layered in pre-baked pie shell, then topped with a mixture of cheeses and fresh basil. So, yeah, it’s essentially a crust of cheese. How can you argue with that? My girlfriend made a couple for our book club this past weekend, and I’m afraid I might have eaten an entire pie to myself if they’d have let me! With all the fresh tomatoes I had in a colander on the counter, I knew I had to make one to share with you guys!

I did tweak a few things. First, I sliced the tomatoes, then salted and let sit for a few minutes to strain liquid out.  I like the layers! I sauteed the onions with a bit of garlic before adding them to the pie. Added a drizzle of balsamic before topping with the cheese mixture. Traditionally that mixture is mayonnaise, and then various cheeses. I wanted to lighten it up a bit, so I subbed half the mayo for Greek yogurt – and, as always, I love the slight tang that it lended to the dish!

If your lucky enough to have an abundance of tomatoes right now, do yourself a favor and make this pie! Or, better yet, make two – because they’ll go fast. Apparently they freeze great too. Stick it in the fridge the night before to defrost, then bake as usual. I’m definitely making a couple more to freeze before tomatoes are gone for good. It would be wonderful to enjoy this summery goodness in January!

6 Comments

  1. Posted August 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM | Permalink

    I love tomato pie. I need to make one before the summer is out!

  2. Rita
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM | Permalink

    One of my all-time favs for the past 20+ yrs!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Posted August 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    Oooh, I want this! The whole thing! I love the crust of cheese!

  4. Barb
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 8:45 PM | Permalink

    Made this yesterday for dinner and could not wait to have the leftovers for breakfast! Delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • Laura
      Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:02 AM | Permalink

      Barb, so glad you enjoyed it. I love it for breakfast too! Thanks for the kind comment.

  5. Barb
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM | Permalink

    Just had to tell you, tonight I made this with some blanched broccoli and tomato, no basil, but instead some yummy seasoned sea salt I have…so good! :) Again, I look forward to breakfast already!

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