Southern Tomato Pie

Classic Southern Tomato Pie
Classic Southern Tomato Pie

This Southern Tomato Pie is the quintessential summer dish.  Make this when tomatoes are perfectly in season.  We love heirloom tomatoes, but any variety will work.  Same thing with the cheese combo…I just love a combination of Mozzarella, Fontina, and Sharp Cheddar…but again, use your own favorites.  Of course, making the pie crust from scratch will always be best…but using store bought is still incredible.  Oh, this is such a favorite.  You’ve just gotta try it (I mean, you just gotta make this…it’s easy!).

Classic Southern Tomato Pie
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This Classic Southern Tomato Pie is the perfect summer dish. Use your favorite variety of fresh tomatoes, and cheeses....go with a wonderful pie crust, basil, and a touch of onion. Wow! Amazing!!
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 - 6
  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store brand (you'll need pie weights, or dried beans, or uncooked rice with parchment paper to blind bake the crust)
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 fresh tomatoes, about 2 & 1&2 lbs, sliced
  • Kosher salt, about a tablespoon
  • ¼ cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ¼ cup Fontina cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce (ie, Tabasco)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Par-bake the pie crust: Place the pie dough in the pie dish. Now, line with parchment paper. Add weights, or 1 cup dried beans, or, 1 cup dried rice on top. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the tomatoes, in layers, in a colander, and sprinkle each layer with salt.
  4. Remove the pie from the oven, and discard the parchment paper and weights.
  5. Reduce the oven to 350 F.
  6. Remove the tomatoes from the colander onto paper towels.
  7. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the pie crust.
  8. Add half of the chopped onion.
  9. Now, layer the tomato slices over the chopped onions, it's okay to overlap them.
  10. Sprinkle the basil over the tomatoes.
  11. Add the rest of the onions on top.
  12. In a separate medium bowl, mix together the mayo with the cheese, hot sauce, and pepper.
  13. Now, spread the cheese/mayo mixture over the top of the pie.
  14. Bake for 40 minutes, or until pie is bubbly, and the top is lightly browned.
  15. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  16. Serve and enjoy!



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