Sunday, March 23, 2008

Paula Deen's Tomato Pie

   One of my favorite cooking television personalities is Paula Deen. I saw her make this on the "farmers market" episode of her television show and thought it would be a great addition to my family's Easter Brunch menu. Well, I made it and needless to say it was a HUGE hit. SO DELICIOUS!!  Actually, the first year I made it, I thought, "well, I'll just see if anyone likes it." It was gone in a matter of minutes and everyone said 'You only made ONE? What were you thinking??" LOL So now I make TWO of them every year for our Brunch. Love it!

4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell
1 cup grated mozzarella
1 cup grated cheddar
1 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes.

Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and mayonnaise together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into slices and serve warm or at room temperature.

To peel tomatoes, cut an X on the bottom of each one and then plunge them into rapidly boiling water for about 30 seconds. Carefully remove tomatoes from the pot with tongs or a large slotted spoon. The peels will slip right off! So simple, even KQ can do it!


Anonymous said...

Hey Joey! Just wanted to tell you that I made the tomatoe pie this week and it was a huge hit! Even Courtney who doesn't like tomatoes had three pieces. Also the tip on peeling the tomatoes was awesome. I had fun doing it. Thanks also for mentioning me in your blog. I feel so special. I'm going to be a regular on your site. See you at the Pathmark! Love, KQ

Michael said...

Joey -- Yep, this is a great one. Jeanette made it to bring to an Easter dinner gathering we had with 3 other families. Everyone brought something, a regular pot-luck affair, too much food to go around.

The only thing that got finished? The Tomato Pie.


Anonymous said...

This is a family favorite, but I think it tastes even better if you use only half (thus 1/2 cup) of the mayonaisse. You can slightly adjust the cheese amount as well (to about 3/4 c of each type) to give the right ratio. Not only does it let more of the cheese, tomato, herb taste shine through over the mayo, it also lightens the calorie load a bit (although this is no low-cal dish!)