(This post was last updated on: 11/23/20.)
Tomato pie is a true Southern dish. I recently discovered this pie that I use as a side and sometimes I eat it as my main meal. In the South, there are so many recipes using tomatoes, such as tomato salad and tomato sandwiches, that I did not grow up eating in the Northeast. But I was determined to learn how to make tomato pie.
My first attempt at making tomato pie was a recipe from a cookbook that I bought at The Tea Plantation in Charleston. It turned out so good that I have been tweaking the recipe every time I make it. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do; tomato pie is now a staple in our household.
How to Make Tomato Pie:
First I take a store bought pie crust out of the freezer to thaw a bit before I start. Maybe one day I will try making my own pie crust, but for now this will do just fine.
I slice 3 large tomatoes and lay them in the bottom of the pie crust, filling it about 1/2- 3/4 of the way. Then I slice up an onion and crumble 3 pieces of cooked bacon, sprinkle both on top. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Then I grabbed some basil from my plant out back and coarsely chopped it up. As you can see we love basil and are firm believers that more is better.
Now I mix up about a cup of mayo and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese then carefully spread it on top. Place the pie on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for approx 45 mins.
I hope you try this recipe and make your own variations. I think it will change up your Southern cooking catalog of recipes like it did mine. It pairs well with steak, chicken, fish and burgers.
Tell me, have you ever tried making a tomato pie? Leave me a comment below!