Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tomato Pie

Wow, it's been too long since we've spoken! Eye'm so sorry to be an absentee blogger. With the new home in Georgia and Cindi with an eye back on track, I find it hard to find time for us to get together.

I'm growing a beautiful veggie garden in a raise bed on my N. Ga property. I enjoy checking on it daily, pruning it and coming up with creative ways to keep the cute and ravenous bunnies out of it. The tomato bush is producing about 2 LARGE tomatoes a day! So what's a girl to do? I gave some away to a neighbor and now I'm exploring recipes using tomatoes.

Last night I treated the family to a "Tomato Pie" for dinner. Oh, was it delicious. I'm sure it's not a calorie friendly meal, but hey, what's that about!? Enjoy yourself, stay active and eat healthy!

I'm not a recipe blogger, meaning professional so I'll try my best to make this easy to follow. Let me know how yours turned out and would you change any part of the recipe. Leave a comment below.

Classic Tomato Pie
Ingredients for one 9-inch pie
10 biscuits from a 7.5 oz package
2-3 large, perfectly ripe tomatoes, thickly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Fresh basil leaves (as many as you like), sliced into thin strips
1 cup mayonnaise (I prefer Duke's)
1 cup mozzarella diced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick spray. Then press the biscuits against sides and bottom of plate to form a crust. Layer thick slices from 2 large tomatoes on the dough, and give them a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Then toss on a handful of freshly-chopped basil. Top the pie with one cup mayonnaise combined with one cup mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes on the middle rack of a preheated 375-degree oven. To insure a firm, not runny pie, let rest for 30 minutes before serving. (I usually can't wait!)
Use any brand you like! I get what's on sale.
My fave mayo, by far! Thanks Marcia for introducing me.

This week's crop!
Some people have used cheddar cheese, but I'm a true Italian!
FRESH basil from next door! Thanks Willie!

This is the part where you "smush" the biscuit dough into the pie plate.

chop it up
slice them thick

layer the tomatoes, salt, pepper, basil on top of the pressed biscuits

chop the mozarella and mix with the mayo

spoon it on top of the pile, mine oozed over, not clean! but still yummy!

Bake in the 375 oven for 30 mins. Allow to rest, or eat it right away like me!

You can serve this dish hot or cold. We ate a few slices for dinner, and packed one serving for lunch for each of the parents, and there's still more to enjoy.

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