Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tomato Pie

Here it is the winning pie that didn't win (you can read about that in this post And the Biggest Loser Is! )  So, I'll enter it again next year!!!  This is a great way to use up those tomatoes that are ripening on your window sill - if you have any left, I still have a few.  

This pie would be great for a ladies or a light luncheon, and don't be afraid to serve this to the guys, my husband and my friend Susan's (From Beyond My Kitchen Window) husband really enjoyed this pie!  

We seriously love this savory pie, and I hope you do too!

Tomato Pie Recipe 

Prep time: 10 minutes                                 
Cook time: 55 minutes
If you want to take this recipe up a notch, you can caramelize the onions while prepping the other ingredients. If you do that, double the amount of onion. (I tried this but didn't care for it with this pie, I prefer adding the raw onions.)

  • 1 9-inch pie shell (store bought or homemade) 
  • 1/2 yellow or red onion, chopped 
  • 3-4 tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, squeezed to remove excess juice, roughly chopped, to yield approximately 3 cups chopped tomatoes. (I also added green tomatoes, and love it)
  • 1/4 cup sliced basil (about 8 leaves)* 
  • 2 cups grated cheese (combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, or Gruyere or Mozarella) 
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) of Frank's Hot Sauce (or Tabasco) 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
*To slice basil, chiffonade them by stacking the leaves on top of each other, roll them up like a cigar,
starting at one end slice the "cigar" crosswise in thin slices.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pie shell in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or longer until lightly golden. If you are starting with a frozen crust, you'll need to cook it a little longer. If you are using a homemade crust, freeze the crust first, then line the crust with aluminum foil and pre-bake it for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. 
  2. Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the chopped tomatoes, using either paper towels, a clean dish towel, or a potato ricer. 
  3. Sprinkle the bottom of the pre-cooked pie shell with chopped onion. Spread the chopped tomatoes over the onions. Sprinkle the sliced basil over the tomatoes.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the grated cheese, mayonnaise, Tabasco, a sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper. The mixture should be the consistency of a gooey snow ball. Spread the cheese mixture over the tomatoes. 
  5. Place in oven and bake until browned and bubbly, anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes. 
Serves 6


P.S. A little pet peeve & blog request. If you have comment moderation turned on, you do not need "Word Verification."  I have heard that many followers will not leave comments with "word verification" turned on, because sometimes the words are such a hassle to decipher. I know on occasion it's taken me 3 tries to leave a comment! 


  1. I'm wondering if canned diced tomatoes can be substituted for fresh in the winter if they are drained very well. That way this pie can be enjoyed all winter. I love tomatoes and eat them every way possible. If I try it, I'll let you know how it turns out.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  2. Tomato pies have been a popular post over recent months. I've never tasted one.

  3. You are right about not being afraid to serve it to guys. My husband loves tomato pie. Hope you are having a great weekend Mary.

  4. Tomatoes all gone except for a few cherry tomatoes. This sounds so fine that I think I would really enjoy it and I'm sure that John would. We'll have to wait for something besides cardboard now, though. Enjoy!

  5. It sounds good anything with that much cheese is going to be good.

  6. Yum! Crust looks amazing.
    I sure hate saying goodbye to summer 'maters!

  7. Wow beautiful pie with Mozzarella...delicious!!
    Happy Saturday!!!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my site! That's too funny you pinned my card catalog. Fate! :)
    This recipe looks SO yummy!! Can't wait to try it! - Claire

  9. My husband and I get tomato pie from our supermarket, Wegmans. Theirs is good and hubby loves it. I am sure he would really like this. Can't wait to try it. I may try the same thing as Ash Tree Cottage mentioned above, as I have no more fresh garden tomatoes.
    Great recipe!!

  10. This does look really good. I LOVE tomatoes.

  11. We really did love your tomato pie. Steve talked about for days. You will have to make another one for us next summer when we come for a visit. Great photos.

  12. I love savory pies and this looks so good! I'd love to have a slice for lunch, anytime.

    PS: I agree on word verification --it often takes me three tries to get it done right.

  13. Oooh... it was a mistake to read this before having breakfast :-) Now I can't wait for RJ to get up so that we can start!

  14. What a delicious looking pie!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

    I agree with you about word verification... I guess I'm getting old, 'cause lots of times, I can't read the little letters and numbers *teehee**.

  15. This sounds like a winning recipe to me...delicious I'm sure.

  16. Your recipe looks award winning pie to me...delicious.

  17. Hi again Mary!

    FYI - I just featured this and linked it in my 11/3 post (yesterday, although it went up late :) ). I cannot wait to try it!!!

  18. I tell ya Mary it sounds like a winner to me. Very unique pie indeed!~ Better luck next time.

  19. Unfortunately for me, I have no "garden" tomatoes left, not even on the windowsill. This pie looks yummy, and yes, award winning too! Hugs, Julie.

  20. Mmmm! This sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!


  21. I like meals that are wrapped in pie dough... my sister made pasties and I love them!

  22. Oh, aren't you clever? I love your little "posts in review" video thingie. I also love the sound of this recipe. My tomatoes are about done for the year, but maybe I can squeeze out enough to try this recipe.

  23. I can not wait to bake this one and soon! Thank you...

  24. This sounds so good. I've never made one before but I love all of the ingredients so I know I would like it! Hugs!

  25. Savoury pies, or quiches as I would call them, are a real favourite in our house. It's something that is tasty both hot or cold. This one looks delicious!

  26. Oh I have heard about tomato pie and always wanted to try to make it. Thank yo for this recipe. I am so excited...I think my kiddos will love it too!

  27. It sounds delicious. I knew it would be after you described it last time :)

  28. This is a wonderful pie. You have a beautiful collection of recipes and interesting articles. Lovely blog X


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