By Katie Gagne
I have so many tomatoes in my garden, and I love it! I can eat tomatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unless you are crazy about these colorful little beauties like I am, you’ll often end up with more than you can eat.
Here is a great recipe that uses at least three pounds of sweet and savory tomatoes. I have seen quite a few recipes for tomato pies and tomato tarts. After quite a bit of experimenting, I came up with this delicious and simple dish that you can eat for any meal of the day.
Approximately 6 servings
Roll out your pie crust and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Make sure to crimp the edges for a pretty look. Set the crust in the refrigerator to chill while you prep the tomatoes and make the filling.
Slice all the tomatoes into ¼ inch slices and place on a large baking sheet lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with the 3 tablespoons of Kosher Salt and let sit. This both flavors the tomatoes and allows them to drain some of the moisture from them.
In a medium bowl, with a large spoon, combine the Chevre, Mayo, Hot Sauce, 1 Egg, Garlic, Salt, and Pepper. Stir until well combined. Add in all the cheeses and herbs and mix until combined.
Bring crust out and sprinkle the bottom with the Corn Meal.
Arrange 1/3 of the tomatoes in a single layer on the bottom of the crust. You can overlap the tomatoes slightly.
Spoon half of the cheese mixture over the top. This is thick so doing it in small spoonful’s works best.
Add another layer of tomatoes and then the rest of the mixture. You will finish with a third layer of tomatoes on top.
Use the remaining egg and scramble with a teaspoon of water.
With a pastry brush, brush the egg wash on the crust. This will help it have a shiny, golden color.
Place the pie in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Reduce the over temperature to 375* and cover the pie loosely with foil to prevent the crust from browning too much. Continue to bake for approximately 30 more minutes, until the middle is set and not runny.
Remove from the oven and let sit to cool for at least 1 hour.
You can garnish with more fresh herbs if you like.
This tomato pie works as a great breakfast or brunch item and pairs wonderfully with a salad for lunch or dinner. It is also a terrific vegetarian option.
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