Tomato pie

This is a great example of an unhealthy vegetarian meal

One of the first cookbooks we bought together is called The Complete Encyclopedia of Vegetables and Vegetarian Cooking by Roz Denny and Christine Ingram. It’s one of our favorites, because the recipes are simple, healthy and fresh. We’ve had it so long it’s out of print. Still, in all that time we had yet to try one recipe that always caught our eye: Tomato and basil tart. With this year’s tomato crop, we’ve been scrambling to cook recipes that are heavy on the tomatoes. (Yes, we could can them, but it’s simply not as fun.) You may have noticed a few tomato posts as of late. The tart was wonderful, like a juicy tomato pie. There’s just something about roasted tomatoes.

Tomato and basil tart

  •  10 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced thin
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • about 10 basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (see instructional prison video)
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

For crust

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg yolk

For crust, combine flour and salt, then cut in the butter and egg yolk. Add enough cold water to make a smooth dough and knead lightly on a floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Preheat oven to 375. Remove pastry from refrigerator and allow about 10 minutes for it to come to room temperature. Then roll it into an eight inch round. Press into pie dish or pan. Prick all over with a fork and cook for 10 minutes, until firm but not brown. Cool slightly. Reduce temperature to 350. Arrange cheese slices over the pastry shell, overlapping slightly. On top, layer tomato slices, overlapping slightly. Dip the basil leaves in olive oil and arrange them on top of tomatoes. Scatter sliced garlic on top. Drizzle remaining oil and sprinkle with black pepper. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve hot.

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69 Responses to Tomato pie

  1. rutheh says:

    Good timing on the post as the tomatoes are going to be in good supply very shortly!

  2. nrhatch says:

    I’ve made Tomato Pie! :D
    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/tomato-pie/

    My SIL uses mayo and pie crust. I use pizza dough and omit the mayo ~ keeping the tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, and basil.

    Enjoy!

  3. EA Stewart says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I made something similar to this tomato pie a couple of weeks ago and it wa delicious, albeit a little on the runny side. This looks delicious!

  4. Patti says:

    Gorgeous photo – the buttery crust sounds delicious with that topping!

  5. G-LO says:

    Simply delicious! Well done Rufus.

  6. joshuafagans says:

    I just love tomato tarts. Something about roasted tomatoes that is just fantastic. Can’t wait for a few more of mine to get going!

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    You’re right. “There’s just something about roasted tomatoes” and this is a great way to prepare and serve them. Just think, in only about another 4 weeks or so i should have enough tomatoes to make this tart. <>

  8. niasunset says:

    so delicioussssssss! Well done dear Rufus, and Thank you for sharing with us, with my love, nia

  9. Erin Renee says:

    OH MY GOSH! I HAVE THAT SAME COOKBOOK! And it was what inspired me to go veg when I was first contemplating it. Aren’t vegetables LOVELY?!?!
    Haven’t tried this recipe yet so I’m glad to see it here and get an opinion on it. Nice work!

  10. Those pieces of garlic are calling out to me Love this!

  11. Why oh why do you keep taunting me with your summery recipes? It’s tough. I have to read this blog through the cracks of my fingers. Peaches,…tomatoes…. lemonade. All I have is soup and rain…and lots of it!

  12. Kelly says:

    This looks heavenly. I love roasted garlic, it has an unmatched flavour and the basil must seal the deal. I’ve never had/made tomato pie – this is really neat.

  13. Wonderful and am going to sign up for a prison sentence of garlic slicing!

  14. Why would you consider this ‘unhealthy’? Fresh veg, a little cheese, and a crust… sounds pretty good to me! And MUCH better than those processed ‘fake meat’ things my son-in-law insists on eating for protien…

    I’m at least 2 weeks away from my first tomato, so this one will have to wait. It looks awesome!

  15. These look so ripe and delicious! Keep the tomato recipes coming.

  16. Mary says:

    THis looks a perfect dish for this time of year – lovely flavors – really delicious. I just found your blog and you have lovely recipes – I’m signing up to follow you!
    Mary

  17. spicegirlfla says:

    There truly is something so wonderful about roasted tomatoes; the sweetnes and flavor is so intensified! Must be tart season; I just made a vidalia one, Chicaandaluza did spinach…it’s really a great way to use those summer veggies!

  18. sallybr says:

    I want a piece of that pie. I really really do…..

    beautiful!

  19. Ny tomatoes are still green. I am going to have lots of them when they do ripen and can’t wait. This recipe looks wonderful. I could eat this for breakfast. Have a good weekend.

  20. Kristy says:

    This looks so wonderful! I need to make more tarts. I love making pie crust…it relaxes me. I always forget that I can use them to make meals, not just desserts. My mom has tons of tomatoes coming up…I think I may be referring back to this recipe in the near future. ;)

  21. I don’t think tomato pie is unhealthy, anything that has vegetables in it is healthy in my book! Even if it has a lovely rich base. It all looks very appetising.

  22. I think the perfect dish or side dish during the summer is tomato pie. It is so delicious and flavorful and light. The perfect way to make the most out of tomatoes! Your recipe sounds delicious and amazing!

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  24. TasteFood says:

    I love tomatoes and the simplicity of this recipe. Perfect!

  25. JamieAnne says:

    I love this! It looks perfectly yummy!

  26. What a perfect lunch – my hubby is crazy about tomatoes so can’t wait to whip up this incredible pie. Have a happy weekend. :-) Mandy

  27. Colleen says:

    Sounds delicious and fresh. I have to admit, I’m not a big tomato eater, but this recipe just might convert me.

  28. We’re so making this once our tomatoes ripen.

  29. Andrea says:

    THis looks wonderful! Now to find winderful tomatos!

  30. ambrosiana says:

    I could eat tomaties every day. For breakfast, luch, dinner (even as a snack!!). Roasted tomatoes are superb!!! Great recipe!!!

  31. Annie Hayes says:

    It’s tomato season and this looks marvelous! A nice salad, glass of refreshing wine…perfect!

  32. Korena says:

    This looks so good! (And I’m not even a big tomato fan.) I might try it with ricotta instead of mozzarella…

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  34. This tart looks amazing! I have only made one tart in a cooking class and it turned out fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Your tomatoes are roasted to perfection! What a gorgeous and delicious looking tart.

  36. You’ve got a movie thing going on at the moment…and a tomato thing. Is there a movie called revenge of the killer tomatoes, or did I just dream it? Am adding this to my tomato recipe list, and the book sounds right up my street too!

  37. Caroline says:

    OMMMMM. No words for how delicious this looks. Roasted tomatoes are the best.

  38. Those tomatoes look fantastic! What a great pie!

  39. Awesome! and it’s giving me ideas!

  40. This recipe looks delicious! A real treat to read your blog :) Michelle

  41. Sissi says:

    I often make a similar tart, but am too lazy to make my own crust ;-) Yours looks crunchy and perfect! It must taste divine with your own tomatoes.

  42. Charles says:

    Oh, there’s something about tomatoes with that kind of shrivelled, wilted, roasted look which makes me instantly start feeling hungry – and the lovely sliced garlic on top too…. looks amazing :)

  43. SimpleP says:

    Holy cow that looks good! Perfect timing. Our tomatoes are on the verge of ripening.

  44. Karen says:

    Oh tomatoes! I can’t wait for mine to ripen…hopefully in a few weeks. I’ll just enjoy your photos and dream.

  45. rsmacaalay says:

    That recipe spells like summer to me!

  46. Evelyn says:

    That looks absolutely delicious!

  47. Wow, this looks insanely good! And it looks like a great week night dish too – not too complicated or involved, just really yummy:)

  48. That looks wonderful and I can just imagine how good it smells!
    I just saw a recipe for a heirloom tomato tart that I also wanted to try out.

  49. That looks so incredible! That will definitely be on the menu soon :)

  50. ....RaeDi says:

    I love tomato Pie, this is a keeper and it is simple, sometimes the best….RaeDi

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  52. Loved this and so did my tomato obsessed husband! I’ll be blogging about this recipe on Tuesday! Thanks!

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