The other day, while pawing through the packages in our freezer, I found a slice of tomato pie from last summer. So I had it for breakfast this morning and oh, it was droolworthy. This one had Tennessee Surprise, an heirloom bicolor, in the starring role. I highly recommend tomato pie for breakfast!
Here’s the recipe:
Preheat oven to 450. In a pie pan or tart pan, place 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 Tbsp sugar, 2 Tbsp milk. Mix with your hands to make a dough and flatten evenly in the pan. Bake for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, slice up about three large ripe tomatoes and put them on paper towels to dry them a bit. Slice up any other veggies you want to add—thin-sliced onions or peppers, garlic, maybe even zucchini. Mix 2 cups of grated cheese with 1/2 cup mayo (sharp cheddar is great or use whatever sounds good to you—even feta or blue cheese for a bolder taste).
When the crust comes out of the oven, drop the temp to 400.
Layer the tomatoes and other veggies in the crust. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, herbs (fresh garden basil is superb), and then place dollops of the cheese mixture on top.
Pop in the oven for 30 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden. This is the hard part: Let it cool before you eat it. It’s better when it’s settled down.
Of course, to get any more of that pie, I’m going to have to grow some toms. Luckily, I started seeds more than a month ago. Here’s what they’ve been up to.
To make it more likely I’ll be able to find my growing list in the future, I’m going to post it here.
Tomatoes: Black Plum, Brandywine Sudduth 08, Brandywine x Stupice (several varieties in the ongoing quest to find a stable seed—Jan’s 2008 correct leaf and color; mine 08 dark red/purpley, wide slicer; Jan’s 08 early but not sure it was “right”; mine from 07, 06 and 05), Cherokee Chocolate, Earls 08 and 06, German Head 08, Grandpa Luddolph, Indian Stripe 08, Leatha’s 08, Lucky Cross 08 and 07, Marizol Bratka 07, Mexico, OTV Brandywine 07, Perito, Prue 06 and 08, Purple Russian, Striped Roman, Stump 08, Tennessee Surprise 07 and 06.
Peppers: Aji Dulce, Anaheim, Bull Nose, Chuska 2006, Doe Hill Golden Bell, Early Hungarian Sweet, Gold Marconi, Habanero, Jalapeno, Paprika, Paradicsom, Red Knight, Szentesi.
Eggplant: Rosa Bianca, Black Beauty.
Not all of those sprouted profusely, so the final list is still a work in progress. And then there are the trades! One of my friends is growing a tomato by the name of Woodle Orange, which is going to end up in my must-plant pile through the power of whimsy alone.