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|
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.
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!