Fourth of July

Parmesan Crusted Heirloom Tomato Caprese Pie

July 26, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

Like most of my cooking friends it is like Christmas comes early when the first of the season tomatoes are ready. I harvest a few from the little pots I planted of heirloom varieties and cherry tomatoes from the side yard and fill in with local tomatoes grown at a farm down the street from me. This delicious pie is great served warm from the oven or at room temperature and the herbs and cheese can be swapped out to make different variations on the same recipe. —laurielufkin

What You'll Need
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup frozen butter, cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian herb blend
  • 2 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca
  • 1/3 cup prepared basil pesto (I make my own in large batches and freeze in small containers)
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese in 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup julienne sun dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with one teaspoon water
  • 1 salt & pepper to taste
  1. In the bowl of a food processor (or by hand, or with a fork, or a pastry blender) combine flour and butter until butter is incorporated and the size of small peas. Blend in cheese. Add water, a tablespoon at a time, pulsing if you are using the processor until dough forms a loose ball. Divide in half, form into two discs and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until ready to use--this step can be done a day or two in advance.
  2. When ready to bake pie, preheat oven to 300
  3. Toss cut grape or cherry tomatoes with oil, herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Roast in preheated oven for 1 hour until lightly browned and caramelized, shaking pan occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Increase oven temperature to 375. Move oven rack to bottom third and place a baking stone on the rack (if available) to preheat.
  5. Slice heirloom tomatoes into ¼” slices and lay flat on a kitchen towel to remove some of the moisture. Lay another towel on top and press down lightly.
  6. Roll out one pie crust and place into a 9 ½” pie plate (preferably glass). Sprinkle tapioca on to crust and top with sun dried tomatoes. Layer half of the fresh heirloom tomatoes over sun dried and spread on pesto. Top pesto with sliced cheese and another layer of sliced heirloom tomatoes.
  7. Roll out remaining crust and cut in to strips. Weave strips in to lattice crust and crimp the edge to form a rim. Brush entire crust with egg and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Bake in preheated oven on stone for 45 minutes uncovered. Cover crust lightly with aluminum foil if over browning and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until bottom crust is browned. Allow to cool on a baking rack for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8.

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43 Reviews

luvcookbooks August 12, 2010
Tomato pie recipes have always appealed to me, but I am too lazy to have made one, especially in the summer (having the oven on for two hours is not appealing). When I saw this recipe, I was taken with the beautiful lattice crust. Then I was drawn in by the idea of three different kinds of tomatoes in one dish: sun-dried, roasted cherry, and raw. Including pesto added another flavor layer.
The pie I made was quite beautiful also and the crust was amazing. The bottom crust, though, was soggy, and I wasn’t converted to sun-dried tomatoes (so far have never liked them in anything). I looked at some other tomato pie and tart recipes, and think baking the bottom crust blind would be a good idea. Of note: my son, whose nickname is The Critic, pronounced the pie good without any reservations.

kellykooks August 2, 2010
okay. maybe i'm completely off of the rails stupid. i loved this recipe but i have a few comments: step two doesn't specify what cheese to add to the crust. so it's a little confusing when, in step 6, all of a sudden there's another unspecified cheese to add to the pie. i figured it out, but i like my recipes foolproof because i am clearly foolish. and also: what do we do with the grape/ cherry tomatoes after they've cooled. it's probably me. i'm an idiot. but i'm a firm believer that recipes need to appeal to the lowest common denominator... and as a representative of the lowest common denominator... things could be clearer. loved it though! thanks!
thirschfeld August 2, 2010
And the kind of tapioca might be good too. Medium pearl, small pearl or instant?
mrslarkin August 2, 2010
I'm pretty sure the step 1 cheese is parmesan and the step 6 cheese is the sliced mozz. I've used Bob's Red Mill tapioca flour in pies before. Laurie, can you tell us what type you use? Thanks for the recipe.
laurielufkin August 2, 2010
Hi! Yes on the parm to the crust and the mozzarella to the filling. I am so sorry it wasn't clearer--the cherry tomatoes go in the filling as well--and as for the tapioca--right off the grocery store shelf in the baking section in the red box. Not even sure of the name because it is on my shopping list. And you are so welcome!
lindsay W. July 31, 2010
There are a pile of tomatoes on my counter right now about to meet their destiny with this lovely dish! Thanks Laurie!
laurielufkin July 31, 2010
And what a lovely destiny it will be! Thank you Lindsay!
Rainie July 30, 2010
As a pie aficionado, all I can say is...I want to make this NOW! :) Did I say I love pie?!
Laurie, this looks fabulous and I am looking forward to another great use for my basil pesto! I have basil growing out back like it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!
laurielufkin July 31, 2010
Thank you Rainie--I appreciate the compliment and please, if you do make it tell me what you think--it really is one of my favorite recipes.
cucinettaNYC July 30, 2010
Back to the recipe : ) This crust looks and sounds like a delicious vehicle for the tomatoes. Quick question, what is in the Italian herb mix?
laurielufkin July 30, 2010
Hi! They do sell it at the grocery store--called Italian Seasoning or the like--or make up your own with some oregano, rosemary, thyme etc. Whatever you like feel free to use it--and please, let me know what you think if you make it. Thanks for the lovely compliment!
Food52 July 28, 2010
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dymnyno July 28, 2010
Merry, I meant that there are a LOT of new members who are "recruited" to vote , but never participate in any other way, ie, recipes. I love new people who post recipes and comment on others (like you do). I have been commenting on recipes from members that are new but the playing field (contests) is sure different when the voters are personal fans not food52 cooks.
dymnyno July 28, 2010
ps: You have two sites...Merry and you use them both? vote???
Merry July 28, 2010
I don't have a site named Merrymed. I just found Food 52 thru getting emails through Whole Foods. I entered the basil contest because I grow lots of basil and had fun with the swordfish. I skipped the burger one cuz that didn't interest me, I pondered the tomato...but love tomatoes plain. And to answer you, do I use both sites to vote??? That's accusing my character, however, I'm new at your site and have voted in three of the past contests - I enjoyed viewing what the judges thought were the top two and voted what I thought was best....I didn't read who submitted them...the names are all new to me. I just love food and have enjoyed meeting new foodies.
Merry July 28, 2010
Just For Your Information: MerryMed lives in Florida and is a beautiful young doctor. I live in California, wrinkled and a homemaker over 55! So come on dynyno...enough is enough! I just want to cook and be merry!
dymnyno July 28, 2010
So...I have read about you on love to enter contests and you get all your troops to vote for you. We are a very supportive group on this site but I am not sure we get the nature of your passion. We are home cooks and we enter our recipes...we are not radio personalities or cooks who just post recipes to win...we love sharing our recipes and chatting and twittering and supporting each other. Until recently our group has been small and not recruited just to try and win a contest.
Merry July 28, 2010
Ouch! Now I'm afraid to enter. I didn't realize this is a special group that would judge our passion. I thought we were having fun showing our latest creative culinary creations! I'm heartbroken. I have noticed Laurie's great recipes in other competitions; I know lots of home cooks who are passionate about entering recipe contests! They love the challenge of working with a specific ingredient moreso than conquering another WIN. What I know of Laurie is that she comments on other recipes in a supportive way and appears to enjoys the challenge of creating tasty dishes . You say you are part of a "supportive group" - I'm sure they back you when needed. Obviously, Laurie has a supportive group that backs her because she has earned it by being there for them. Kinda like your group. What is wrong with that? Please judge the recipe and be careful with accusations of others - or you will scare many of us homecooks away. I've been entering recipe contests for a year now and I do it for fun, a creative outlet, and it keeps me interested in cooking! But now, I feel like cowarding back cuz I would have been crushed if you had written that comment about me and my passion for cooking. Sincerely, Merry
SallyCan July 28, 2010
I've been wondering about this...there do seem to be a number of chefs, caterers, entrepreneurs, cooking teachers, bloggers/writers, etc,, ~ of all levels ~ in the mix,,,,so how do you define "home cook"...and how do you draw the line...or do you?
aargersi July 28, 2010
I think we welcome cooks of all ilks here - contesters, bloggers, gardeners, people with fans, lawyers who cook, beginners, seasoned cooks (get it? yuk yuk) you name it ... I see no reason for anyone to hestitate to enter, and hey if you have peeps for support - more power to ya!!!
Sagegreen July 28, 2010
I have been very pleasantly surprised by how the editors do seem to consider recipes that do not have any likes or any comments. As one completely new to this site this summer, I have really loved the supportive nature of everyone. It is a bit daunting to have professionals in the mix, but I appreciate learning from everyone. It does seem that everyone is welcome. It has been great to meet all kinds of people who are passionate about their recipes through this site. I have also loved using this site to connect up with friends and family...but they usually don't give me their likes!
Love Y. July 27, 2010
I LOOOOOVE caprese salad and pie! put the two together and - WOW. I am soo loving this recipe.
laurielufkin July 28, 2010
Thank you so much for the compliment--it means a lot!
whatsjohneating July 27, 2010
wow. This is exactly what I always wanted to do with a bunch of tomatoes but never thought of it. Beautiful. I think I'll make it tomorrow!
laurielufkin July 28, 2010
thank you John--let me know how it comes out please!
Food52 July 27, 2010
Looks delicious!! Beautiful presentation!
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Food52 July 28, 2010
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Merry July 27, 2010
Wow - great way to use up all my fabulous heirloom tomatoes. Thanks for the unique crust!
laurielufkin July 28, 2010
If you make it, please let me know what you think--thank you so much for the compliment.
laurielufkin July 28, 2010
thank you Merry! that means a lot!
Food52 July 26, 2010
Seriously . . this is a ROCK STAR recipe. I can't wait until my tomatoes from the garden ripen enough for me to put to good use in this recipe!
laurielufkin July 27, 2010
Thank you so much--I love this combo and recipe--so homey yet elegant enough to serve at a brunch/party.
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bakingmecrazy July 26, 2010
Looks wonderful!
laurielufkin July 27, 2010
I will make you one!
Broyals July 26, 2010
Comfort food at it's best! Looks divine!
laurielufkin July 27, 2010
thank you so much--please let me know what you think if you make one!
Allergy F. July 26, 2010
This looks fabulous!
laurielufkin July 27, 2010
Thank you so much--the best part is you can make the crust a day or two in advance so it is fairly easy to make too!
patcook1 July 26, 2010
Sounds delish! Good luck, Laurie.
laurielufkin July 27, 2010
thank you thank you!