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Tomato Pie with Pimento Cheese and Bacon

Tomato Pie with Pimento Cheese
I love savory pies and this delectable tomato pie with lots of fresh herbs is topped with pimento cheese. I mean come on. Who wouldn’t love this?

Tomato Pie with Pimento Cheese

As a child I would have never predicted that I would be loving tomato pie. Nor did I think I would love pimento cheese.

But as I told my kids when they were wee ones, tastes do change. And so they do as evidenced by my love of this tomato pie.

I did not like tomatoes as a child. Perhaps it was the texture of the tomato. I never have liked soft food. And I don’t like hard tasteless tomatoes either.

But as I grew and discovered things like Caprese salads with cheese, thank you cheese, I also discovered tomatoes. Planting them in my garden also helped and discovering the latest varieties and how they taste different, is really a lot of fun.

Tomato Pie Slice

Now pimento cheese was something else I had a strong dislike for. Perhaps it is the fact that at least to me, it looks very unappetizing. On the grocery store shelves it was never particularly appealing.

In the Midwest we stuck with beer cheese or Kaukauna cheese, such as the port wine spreadable variety. Oh, did I love that. But then I married a Southerner. And pimento cheese was always on their table.

In spite of that, it still took me years before delving into the world of pimentos. And cheese. Until I decided that green chiles just might taste really good in pimento cheese, so I made the Colorado version and there has been no looking back.

So what about tomato pie?

There are lots of versions of tomato pie. I still want to make the Philly tomato pie, which is way different than this.

Tomato Pie with Pimento Cheese

This savory tomato pie begins with pie crust. Yes, you can make your own. But you don’t have to. Thank you Trader Joe’s. I do love your pie crust.

Just a note here: Make sure to follow the directions for a blind baked crust. Chill the crust. Prick it all over. Putting a room temperature crust into a hot oven, causes the crust to sink. you don’t want a flat crust, do you?

From there it’s a matter of slicing the tomatoes and letting them release their juices onto paper towels, so your pie doesn’t end up full of liquid.

 Now start frying the bacon. I told you this was a Southern recipe! After it is good and crispy, take it out and add the onions to the bacon grease. Let those saute a bit.

Gather your fresh herbs. I used basil, cilantro and parsley, but any would work. Thyme and sage would be mighty good, too.

Tomato Pie with Pimento Cheese

Layer your pie. Top with the simple pimento cheese. Don’t want to make it? Just buy it and spread it on top. Honestly though, this is a simple spread to make!

Now bake and get a salad ready. We had this as a main course. I loved it. Manservant wanted something next to it. Like meat. But that is Manservant.

Leftovers reheat well in the toaster oven. I had a great lunch for several days. 

Who would have thought that I’d ever be baking a tomato pie? This tomato pie recipe has now been added to my list of favorites.

In fact, I may even bake it again soon with tomatoes from the garden. If the squirrels don’t get them first!

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Tomato Pie with Pimento Cheese

Tomato Pie with Pimento Cheese and Bacon

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Pie 1x
  • Category: Main Course/Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Tomato Pie with Pimento Cheese and Bacon is totally luscious. This summer treat is easy to make and perfect as a side dish or main course.


Scale

Ingredients

1 unbaked pie crust (I use Trader Joe’s.)

1 ½ pounds ripe tomatoes (about 3 medium)

1 1/2 t Kosher salt for sprinkling

4 thick slices bacon, cut into lardons (large matchsticks)

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

½ cup mixed chopped fresh herbs, such as chives, parsley and basil

Fresh Ground black pepper

1 ¼ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 5 ounces)

 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon diced pimentos (roasted, preserved sweet red peppers)


Instructions

Begin by blind baking a pie crust according to package directions.

Meanwhile, line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. Using a serrated knife, core the tomatoes and slice them 1/4 inch thick. Place a layer of tomato slices on the baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Top with more paper towels and repeat with remaining tomatoes. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. (Do not skip this step or your pie will be soggy.)

Place bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, and cook until just crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat from the pan (discard the fat or reserve it for another use).

Add onions and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until lightly caramelized and golden brown, about 5 -7 minutes. (Don’t rush this process: the onions should not be white or crunchy.)

Assemble the pie: Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Pat half the tomatoes dry with paper towels and arrange closely in the pie crust. Add half the onions, bacon and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining tomatoes, onions, bacon and herbs.

In a bowl, combine the cheese, mayonnaise and pimento very well. Gently spread the mixture on top of the pie.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool at least 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, slicing with a serrated knife.


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  • Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 14, 2020 at 7:34 am

    My husband’s Aunt used to make a similar tomato pie. We loved it and I’ve often thought of trying to recreate it. I think I’ll try your recipe! It looks fantastic. Hope you are all well.

  • mjskitchen
    August 13, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    As a kid, I didn’t like tomatoes either, mainly because of the texture. Still don’t like okra. The texture just turns me off. However, I now love home grown, firm (not hard) tomatoes. Nothing better! This is a wonderful recipe to help deal with our abundance on tomatoes and since I love pimento cheese, I know I’ll love this pie. Thanks!

  • angiesrecipes
    August 11, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Bacon and cheese…who wouldn’t love this tomato pie? I surely want to have a huge slice now 🙂 Looks really yummy and tempting, Abbe.

  • Gerlinde
    August 11, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    I am hungry and this would fit the bill. I remember having my first pimento cheese when I immigrated to the US. I liked it! Pinned!

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    August 11, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Pimento cheese is wonderful stuff! I didn’t always like it, but for years and years now I’ve loved it. 🙂 Mix it with tomatoes and bacon in pie? Swoon! Neat recipe — thanks.

  • Liz
    August 11, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Mmmmm….nothing better than garden tomatoes in the summer!! And your pie sounds spectacular!!!

  • Holly
    August 11, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    We have pretty tomatoes from Miller’s Farm delivery this week. I never even considered a tomato pie and it sounds perfect! I’ll need to learn more about what a Philly tomato pie is too– how do I not know about that recipe??