Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tomato Cheddar Pie

This is from a Laurie Colwin column in the August 1992 Gourmet - I still miss her. I think her food writing was some of the first that inspired me, and during all my "I'm taking all of this stuff to Goodwill" phases, her books stay on the shelf, never at risk.

This pie is so good, kind of like a baked tomato sandwich. It is best if it is reheated in a 350°F oven so the cheese is melted and the pie is hot. The recipe says you can use canned tomatoes, but I never make it with anything but fresh, preferably ones you picked yourself. Or someone picked for you :)

2 cups flour
1 stick butter
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk

2 pounds fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and sliced
or 2 28-ounces cans of plum tomatoes, drained and sliced
chopped basil, parsley or chives, to taste
1½ cups grated cheddar cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise mixed with 2 T. lemon juice

Make crust as for biscuit dough. Roll out half and line a 9-inch pie plate with it, add the tomatoes, then the herbs, then 1 cup of the cheese, then the mayonnaise mixture and then the rest of the cheese. Roll out the rest of the dough and fit it over the top, pinching the edges to seal the crusts together. Cut several steam vents in the top and bake at 400°F for 25 minutes.


Freya said...

Hi fellow chocolate lover!! I also love Laurie Colwyn and often read her books just as though they were fiction! This pie looks just delicious and homely! Perfect for the winter!

Kim said...

Hi Lisa- I have been thinking about a savory tomato pie as the one I made was sweet. I will give this a try it looks wonderful! I just started to read Laurie Colwyn and she is different and interesting! Hope all is well.