We had a great deal of tomatoes that were quickly going bad and the idea of a tomato pie always intrigued me. I found this recipe on the Internet and went to work. It turned out great, even with my substitutions.
Note: If you want to take this recipe up a notch, you can caramelize the onions while prepping the other ingredients. If you do that, double the amount of onion. [I did this, it was great]
- 1 9-inch pie shell
- 1/2 yellow or red onion, chopped
- 3-4 tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, squeezed to remove excess juice, roughly chopped, to yield approximately 3 cups chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup sliced basil (about 8 leaves)* [I didn’t have any, unfortunately. I just sprinkled some dried oregano in]
- 2 cups grated cheese (combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, or Gruyere or Mozzarella) [I actually used 1 1/4 cups of ricotta cheese for the internal cheese mixture, then put 3/4 cups Monterey Jack on top to get a nice crust]
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) of Frank’s Hot Sauce (or Tabasco) [I used Tapatio]
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
*To slice basil, chiffonade them by stacking the leaves on top of each other, roll them up like a cigar, starting at one end slice the “cigar” crosswise in thin slices.
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pie shell in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or longer until lightly golden. If you are starting with a frozen crust, you’ll need to cook it a little longer. If you are using a homemade crust, freeze the crust first, then line the crust with aluminum foil and pre-bake it for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
2 Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the chopped tomatoes, using either paper towels, a clean dish towel, or a potato ricer.
3 Sprinkle the bottom of the pre-cooked pie shell with chopped onion. Spread the chopped tomatoes over the onions. Sprinkle the sliced basil over the tomatoes.
4 In a medium bowl, mix together the grated cheese, mayonnaise, Tabasco, a sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper. The mixture should be the consistency of a gooey snow ball. Spread the cheese mixture over the tomatoes.
5 Place in oven and bake until browned and bubbly, anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes.
Yield: Serves 6.
–Recipe courtesy Elise at SimplyRecipes.