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Tomato Pie

November 5, 2010

This epitomizes the name sassy, savory and sweet! I created this recipe from a request made by someone craving a tomato pie that she could no longer get-due to the store closing. This is my adaptation from Liz’s description,and looking at a glut of recipes that just did not look like what she was asking for!!!  I am always up for a challenge and since this was meatless, hoped my daughter Micaela, the vegetarian would love it too. Tomato lover I am not, and I had to stop myself from having more. Micaela’s request for seconds means this is a keeper.

  • 14 plum tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch or less,no thicker
  • 1 small can good tomato paste (I used a Hunt’s garlic basil paste,as that is what was on hand)
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 t. garlic salt
  • 1 C. fresh basil leaves.chopped`
  • 1/2 C. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1  9″ pie crust,baked and ready to fill (can still be hot)

Using just a bit of olive oil or olive oil spray,lightly grease a cookie sheet and lay tomatoes in a single layer.Sprinkle liberally with italian seasonings.  Give them a few shakes of garlic salt, a little black pepper if you like,  and just a pinch of sugar to bring out the sweetness.

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Bake in a 250 degree oven for about 45 minutes. When they come out they should look like this. Less moisture,but not tomato chips!

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Turn the oven to 450 and bake your pie shell. How you do this is up to you.This was made with a Pillsbury refigerator pie shell that I baked for about 10 minutes. I’ve used the Jiffy boxes and I have made my own.For the convenience,these taste very good.As with any crust- just don’t handle it too much or it becomes tough instead of flakey.I didn’t wait for the crust to cool,and spread the paste evenly over the bottom. Paste has a sweetish tang to it,and tart was what Liz was looking for so I added nothing to it.

Layer chopped fresh basil and cheese over bottom,leaving about a tablespoon of each for the top.

Chop about 3/4 of the tomatoes and layer next. Finish using the rest of the slices. Top with reserved basil and blue cheese.

Bake in a 350 degree oven about 30 minutes,or until the cheese just begins to brown.

 

                         

A thin slice of this could be served as a first course. It is also filling enough to be a meal,perhaps with a creamy shrimp bisque.

 

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