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Me Oh My, Tomato Pie!

When a friend brings you a beautiful bundle of fresh-picked, red tomatoes fresh from her garden, there’s no better complement than to serve them up as delicious tomato pie!

The Tomatoes

This pie can be made using any of the tomato varieties and of course yours don’t have to be homegrown, but your taste buds will sure thank you if they are!  Some common homegrown tomato varieties are Big Beef, Beefsteak, Big Boy, Early Girl, Rutgers, and your larger Heirloom Tomatoes, just to name a few.  I understand versions of this recipe have also been made quite tasty with a red/green tomato mix, though I have yet to try it for myself.  Experiment with your own homegrown varieties and see what flavors you like best.

The Cheese


The same thing goes with the cheese!  There are so many beautiful cheeses out there that go splendidly with tomatoes.  It’s really up to you on what you choose to incorporate into your masterpiece.  The main thing to keep in mind is the water content.  For example, Burrata and Buffalo Mozzarella are some of my most favorite pairings with tomato and basil, but their soft texture and their high moisture content would make them poor choices for this pie.  Select cheese that will not add to the moisture content of the pie. 


In this recipe, I recommend low-moisture Mozzarella, Gruyere, and Parmesan cheeses.

The Secret!

The secret to a good tomato pie: Get rid of the water!  Tomatoes are approximately 95% water!  When you turn up the heat, the flesh of the tomato breaks down and the water is released.  Which is wonderful when you’re making tomato sauce.  Unfortunately, for this pie, if you were to just slice your tomatoes and beautifully arrange them in the pan, you would have a soupy mess.  So, before you bake your cheesy tomato goodness, you have to get the water out!  Do so by squeezing or pressing your tomatoes after you’ve chopped them to extract as much of the juice that you can.

How to Serve It up?

So, what is this dish?  Is it Southern or is it Italian?  Is it Comfort food or is it trendy?  Is it a side dish or is it a main course?  It’s DELISH and it works across all tables and sections of the plate.  Serve it up as a tasty pairing or as a lighter main course — its perfect for these hot summer days we’ve been having!

Keeping it Keto

We are ALWAYS adapting recipes for Keto at home, whenever possible.  This is an EASY one to make Keto-friendly.  Just omit the pie crust and continue with the recipe as follows!