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The Culinary Class: How to Make Tomato Pie

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The Culinary Class: How to Make Tomato Pie

A taste of summer, tomato pie is a Southern staple that celebrates “the sun-ripened sirens of summer,” as the late food writer John Egerton once described the succulent fruit.

A traditional tomato pie is prepared by layering vine-ripened tomatoes with a mayonnaise and cheese mixture in a pre-baked pie shell. The addition of fresh herbs, typically basil, brightens each layer and cuts through the rich filling.

A few tips: For easy peeling, briefly blanch the tomatoes in boiling water, then immediately plunge them into an ice bath. This will help the thin tomato skins peel off in a flash. After slicing, drain tomatoes on a wire rack lined with paper towels—this ensures even the juiciest of Cherokee Purples won’t leave your piecrust soggy.

TLP’S TOMATO PIE FILLING

4-5 large tomatoes, peeled and sliced

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

½ cup chopped onions, sauteed

2 teaspoons granulated garlic, sautéed with onions

3 eggs

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

salt and pepper, to taste