My mom has been making this pie for years, and I have to say, there are few better uses for the abundance of farm fresh tomatoes that we have in late summer, than to make this delicious treat. That said, I wish my mom had taken a picture of my face, when as a child, she first told me that she was cooking a tomato pie. I bet it was a gaze that combined shock, horror, and the kind of look you get when you're feeling nauseous, and your mom is chasing you around the house with a bottle of cod liver oil. Tomato in a pie? Pies are for apples, and pumpkin, and mincemeat...... stop talking crazy, woman!
When I started writing my blog, I compiled a list of recipes that resided somewhere in my network of family and friends, and that I knew I wanted to teach my kids. This tomato pie recipe was at the top of the list. - Oui, Chef —Oui, Chef
This is not a dish for the faint-of-tomato-heart. If you like just a few cubes of tomato scattered about a salad, or a thin slice on a sandwich, this is more tomato than you can handle, because it explodes into a huge tomato taste extravaganza, bathed in the richness of the mayo-cheese topping and punctuated by the crunch of the bacon and the zing of the onions in your mouth. It's summer in a pie plate. Draining the tomatoes for an hour allows the pie filling to set up nice and solidly, and not get the crust soggy. The oregano stirred into the topping provides a zippy little counterpart to the sweet-tart of the tomatoes. As much as I love tomatoes, next time I would be inclined to use fewer tomatoes or a larger dish, so as to spread them thinner, and to add a little half-and-half to thin down the mayo to allow it to spread over the pie filling more smoothly. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the pie crust; tender and flaky, with just the right amount of "give" to the tooth. I can also testify that pie weights or dry beans are an absolute must here; I didn't use them, and had to flatten out the bottom of my crust after the pre-bake step. It was a pleasure to test—and taste! - Kayb —The Editors