Anywho - I have an incredible recipe to share with you today. In fact, it's so delicious and sinful I'm fairly certain it's illegal in some states! ;-) You all know my friend Lydia, aka understandblue, right? Well this is her recipe for... TOMATO PIE!!! Yeah, baby.
Someday I will share recipes on here that don't make you gain 5lbs just reading about them. But today is not that day. I was able to buy fresh, local tomatoes and basil at the farmer's market for this recipe, which of course made this all the yummier.
Start by lining your pie plate with a crust. You can make your favorite crust from scratch. Or you can do what I do and buy an already made one...! Here's a little secret tip from my mama, brush a little egg white on your crust!
It helps to reduce the sogginess. After brushing I baked off the crust for about 5 minutes at 350 to seal it a little. (By the way, on my bucket list? To someday learn how to make my pie crust look more pretty than wonky...)
Slice ~6 tomatoes, and it's best to use a firm drier variety, like Roma - the juicier, the gushier it gets in the pie. Lydia recommended squeezing out all the seeds and moist parts around the seeds, so I did that too. Layer them between paper towels to dry. This is my stack of 'maters after all the squeezing. Next time I think I'll be even more obsessive about this step!
Sprinkle a little flour onto your crust, then put your first tomato layer. Sprinkle with flour, salt & pepper then add fresh basil leaves. Repeat until all tomatoes and basil are used. Mound it up a bit like apple pie, because they cook down.
In a large bowl, mix equal parts mayonnaise and shredded cheddar, and spoon it over the top of the pie evenly, all the way to the edges of the crust. I used about a cup of each to cover my pie. And now a direct quote from Lydia: Top with more cheese, because that's what God wants. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.