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Monday, August 27, 2012

Tomato Pie ~ My New Favorite Summer Dish!

All of you tomato lovers out there have to give to give this recipe a go before the summer is over ~ while tomatoes are still in season!

I’ve been buying tomatoes at the farmers’ market lately like I’m afraid there will be a shortage of them.  This summer, I’ve served this several times to family and guests, and got nothing but rave reviews.  If we’re lucky enough to have a slice or two left over for lunch the next day, all the better!

There are many tomato pie recipes out there, and this one caught my eye because of the cheese crackers --- a little twist on the recipe.  Start with a good pie crust and sliced tomatoes, add a little fresh basil, some freshly grated Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise and last, but not least:  BACON!  Bake until it’s puffed and golden and ~ VOILA! ~ you have about the most delicious thing on earth for your mealtime!

Mayo & Parm
Cheese crackers


Tomato Pie


1 (9-inch) pie crust, blind-baked – see recipe below*
8 tomatoes, divided—5 in bottom layer, 3 in top layer**
¾ - 1 pound bacon; however much pleases you, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon fresh basil or ½ teaspoon dried
¾ cup mayonnaise
¾ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons onion, minced
¾ cup cheese crackers, crushed (I use Cheez-Its)
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice tomatoes and drain well.
Place 5 tomatoes overlapping on cooled pie crust.
Scatter bacon and basil over top.
Mix together mayonnaise and Parmesan.
Spread over top of bacon.
Sprinkle with crushed crackers.
Layer with shredded mozzarella.
Place remaining 3 tomatoes, overlapped, on top.
Sprinkle pepper over all.
(You may need to cover the edge of the crust with foil to keep it from becoming too brown.)

Bake for about 35 minutes.
Cool pie for 20 minutes before slicing.

*Blind-baked crust:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Line crust with foil or parchment paper.
Fill with rice or dried beans.
Bake about 10 minutes until lightly browned.

**I peel the tomatoes.

If you want a delicious summer time dish, make this!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind Of Cooking for her tips on Tuesday and yummy recipes on Friday!

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Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Love your new layout, it is very fetching. I have been bottling tomatoes today, thanks for the new idea, tomato pie tomorrow :-) Keep well Diane

From the Kitchen said...

Oh! I cannot wait to try this. I, too, buy many tomatoes at the farmers' market and love new ways to enjoy them. I think this will be on our A-list.


Karen said...

This sure looks good... I'm going to have to make it with some of our garden tomatoes.

StephenC said...

We will have pretty decent farmers market tomatoes for a few more weeks, and this recipe, unlike anything I've ever made or eaten, is going toward the top of the high priority "gotta make" stuff for the next couple of weeks.

Dining Alone said...

As soon as I saw the mayo and parm I was IN! That looks so amazing.

jose manuel said...

Estupenda receta, me encanta.


Lynda said...

I have never had tomato pie! Where have I been? This looks delicious Pam and I especially like the addition of bacon.

Pam said...

Diane, thanks so much! It sounds like you will have a good supply of tomatoes for winter.

Bonnie, I hope you like this as much as we do!

Karen, it is sooo good, almost addictive!

Stephen, I hope you try it too. I could actually make a meal of it.

DA, great! It is so much better than the pics look!

jose manuel, gracias! Es bien!

Lynda, same with me. I had never heard of it before seeing it recently on the web.

Pegasuslegend said...

Pam I so want a slice of this.. Its the first year I didnt make it because of the calories and my cholesterol is horrible, all I can say is it's a delicious pie you have to try.. yours is perfection!

Lizzy Do said...

This has inspired me to make a trip to the farmers' market this weekend...I adore a wonderful tomato pie like yours!!!!

Tracy Wood said...

I agree with you - tomato pie is excellent!! I have lots of recipes for it, and we eat it almost every week when the tomatoes here in Michigan are ripe. Nothing better! I must admit, your pie looks pretty dang good!!

Melinda said...

Well, dosen't that sound interesting!

I'll have to file this one.

M :)

David said...

Pam, I don't believe that I've ever had a tomato pie. Sounds and looks great though! Bacon,mayo, parmesan, cheese crackers...sounds like paradise to me! Thanks for the recipe... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Pam,
Your pie looks so delicious and the colours are stunning. I can imagine why it is your new favourite summer dish :)))!!

Jenn said...

Oh, my, Pam, that looks and sounds utterly decadent! I think you are right.. the little twist of cheese crackers is very intriguing. Of course, I was hooked as soon as I read bacon, though!

Pam said...

Claudia, thanks! It definitely is not a healthy dish, but I'm sure it could be made with fat-free or low fat cheese and turkey bacon.

Lizzy, great! Hope you try it and like it!

Tracy, this is perfect for you Michigan tomatoes. Don't know where I've been, since this is a new one for me.

Melinda, if you like tomatoes and bacon and cheese, go for it! It's delicious!

Dave, you have to try it then. And I'm betting you'd really like it too!

Lia, thanks! Only a few more weeks here with good fresh tomatoes at the farmers' markets. boo hoo!

Jenn, thanks! Most of the recipes call for cheddar cheese but I love this with the crackers, Parm and mozzarella!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

Oh my, Pam! This pie is mouth-watering! Love it! xoxo

Ellen B Cookery said...

I've never tried or made a tomato pie, but must say this recipe is tempting me to go out into the garden and pick some tomatoes so I can experiment with this recipe. YUM!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Okay, I have been craving Tomato Pie lately (though I've never had it before). Every time I see somebody post one, my salivary glands go into overdrive. Your version is no exception - it sounds wonderful. Wish I could try a slice!

Chaya said...

While, we are still getting lots of tomatoes in our garden, this is the dish to make. Looks delicious.

Catherine said...

Dear Pam, I am a tomato lover and this looks wonderful. Have a beautiful day. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Reeni Pisano said...

This looks insane! I LOVE tomato pie and this is one of the best I've seen!

Pacheco Patty said...

I love tomato pie and your recipe sounds perfect!

~~louise~~ said...

I too have been buying up tomatoes like there's no tomorrow Pam. I think it's because I'm afraid mine will never ripen. We haven't gotten one good red ripe tomato yet from that surprise bionic tomato plant!

Your Tomato Pie sounds delicious, Pam. I luv all the bacon too. I better keep this one just in case I ever get to actually pick some!!!

Thanks for sharing...

Pam said...

Anna, thanks! I'm glad you like it!

Ellen, it's new to me and something a little different for tomatoes.

Heather, thanks! Wish I could give you a slice now!

Chaya, yes! It's a good way to use those tomatoes.

Catherine, me too! We eat tomatoes most days in the summer. Have a good day.

Reeni, great! Then you know how delicious a tomato pie can be.

Pacheco Patty, thanks. Have a good day!

louise, thanks! The weather around here has not been kind to tomatoes this summer, not nearly as many available at the farmers' markets as usual.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Yum, yum. This is on my weekend menu for sure. Tomatoes this summer are fantastic, the best I can remember.

Big Dude said...

Tomato pie is a great use of summer tomatoes - we've trid two versions thus far and will have to add this one to the list. It's the mayo and bacon that caught my eye.

laurie said...

I love all these recipes for tomatoes....this one looks SO good!

Pam said...

Cathy, thanks! I hope you like it also!

Larry, that's what caught my eye too plus the cheese crackers.

laurie, me too! Have a good weekend!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Pam please give your DIL my sympathies and I hope that she recovers quickly. Have a good weekend Diane

Pam said...

Diane, that's so sweet of you. Thanks so much! And I hope you back to normal very soon! Have a good day!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Oh my goodness Pam...this looks sooooo good and we have SO many tomatoes to use up....can't wait to make this...we just pinned it on our pinterest board ~ yum!!

Pam said...

Summer Kitchen Girls, thank you! I'm hoping you try it and enjoy it! Have a good day!

Leslie said...

Ok Pam.. That pie and I have a date for this week!! This sounds awesome!!! Happy Sunday

Shug said...

Hey there Pam...
I have never heard of tomato pie before, which means I've never tasted it either.
Looks good, especially with the mayo and Parmesan cheese...yum-O!

Pam said...

Leslie, thank you! Hope it's a good one. And a happy week to you!

Shug, you have to try it! It's soooo good!

Linda said...

I LOVE this recipe! I am also going to send it to my Aunt Pat. She has an amazing garden and a delicious batch of tomatoes.

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Pam, this is a big winner: I love tomatoes! And I love pies. Come see what pies I made... :)

Pam said...

Linda, this would be just the thing for Aunt Pat and all of her tomatoes then!

Marina, thanks! I know your pies are great! Have a good day!