Tomato Pie

If you didn’t catch this recipe the first time round, it’s a winner! And perfect for ripe garden tomatoes. From the recipe archives, first posted August 2009. ~Elise

One of the great things about going on vacation is I get to hang out with my friends, and sometimes meet their friends, who sometimes have OMG-this-is-so-GOOD dishes that they bring over. This tomato pie recipe is a result of one of these encounters. The first time I heard of it (“tomato pie”, hmm, oooookaaaay) my brain suffered a little cognitive dissonance (never heard those two words, tomato and pie, joined at the hip like that before). Seconds after taking a bite however, I was begging for the recipe. Many thanks to Diane Connolly (aka Lady Di) who graciously wrote it out on some post-it notes for me at the dinner table. It is the first thing I cooked when I got back home. Think pizza meets cheesy bread and they make-out in a pie crust. The recipe lends itself to estimates. Handfuls of this, handfuls of that. I measured, but you could eyeball it and it would still work out. Feel free to change the cheeses around, play with the spices. I made a homemade pie crust, but for this recipe a good quality prepared crust would work fine.

Tomato Pie Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6.

If you want to take this recipe up a notch, you can caramelize the onions while prepping the other ingredients. If you do that, double the amount of onion.

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch pie shell (see pie crust recipe for homemade version)
  • 1/2 yellow or red onion, chopped
  • 3-4 tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, squeezed to remove excess juice, roughly chopped, to yield approximately 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced basil (about 8 leaves)*
  • 2 cups grated cheese (combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, or Gruyere or Mozarella)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) of Frank's Hot Sauce (or Tabasco)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

*To slice basil, chiffonade them by stacking the leaves on top of each other, roll them up like a cigar, starting at one end slice the "cigar" crosswise in thin slices.

Method

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pie shell in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or longer until lightly golden. If you are starting with a frozen crust, you'll need to cook it a little longer. If you are using a homemade crust, freeze the crust first, then line the crust with aluminum foil and pre-bake it for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

2 Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the chopped tomatoes, using either paper towels, a clean dish towel, or a potato ricer.

3 Sprinkle the bottom of the pre-cooked pie shell with chopped onion. Spread the chopped tomatoes over the onions. Sprinkle the sliced basil over the tomatoes.

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4 In a medium bowl, mix together the grated cheese, mayonnaise, Tabasco, a sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper. The mixture should be the consistency of a gooey snow ball. Spread the cheese mixture over the tomatoes.

5 Place in oven and bake until browned and bubbly, anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes.

Links:

Tomato pie with bacon and jalapeño from Lisa Fain, the Homesick Texan

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161 Comments

  1. Stacey Snacks

    I have 3 recipes for tomato pie that I love in the summer months when Jersey tomatoes are fantastic!
    I use Gruyere and mustard with sliced tomatoes on top, but I love the mayo/cheddar combo too!
    My mouth is watering!

  2. Carrie

    Oh mercy that looks good. With all the tomatoes we’ve gotten out of our garden so far I can’t believe I haven’t made a tomato pie yet. My grandma always made these. She would spread a little mustard on the pie crust before adding the tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe – it will be on my menu this week!

  3. Lee

    This is very similar to the tomato pie that my mother-in-law makes. (Tomato pie is a VERY Southern thing; check out the modified pimento cheese on top!) She slices the tomatoes and lays them out on paper towels to soak up some of the liquid (this works really well for tomato tea sandwiches, too), slices and sautes the onions, brushes the par-baked crust with a little Dijon, adds some chiffonaded basil, and makes her own pimento-less cheese for the topping. Excellent! Hmmm. That reminds me, I’ve got a lot of tomatoes from the garden needing to be used…

  4. bureaucrat

    Hi Elise,

    That looks good, but I’m wondering about the 3/4C of mayo… I’m guessing the pie is very rich and gooey?

    Could you substitute the mayo for something lighter?
    Thank you.

    Nope, the pie is as it is. Mayo is very important for this particular recipe. ~Elise

    • Martha

      Actually I used plain yogurt and only half a cup and it worked fine. My daughter is allergic to mayo so had to find a substitute.

  5. Debi (Table Talk)

    Elise, this savory tart is a fantastic way to use the beautiful tomatoes of summer.
    I make a tomato tart that has lots of fresh herbs and a little Dijon mustard in the crust.

  6. Carolyn

    I was surprised to see that your tomato pie is actually a tomato pie. In most of NJ, tomato pie means pizza with the sauce on the top. But then, we turn right to turn left, too, so I’m getting used to being a cultural anomaly. Luckily this looks delicious from all angles!

  7. Sabrina

    Can this be served at room temperature at a picnic? I’m looking for good recipes to make for my son’s second birthday that I’m hosting outdoors and this sounds amazing but didn’t know if it would work at a picnic!

    It would be about as good as pizza is at room temperature. Actually, a little better. But I don’t think it would make a good picnic item. ~Elise

  8. Sandy

    Any suggestions on how to keep the crust from getting too soggy? I’m single, and am dying to make this, but I’ll be the only one eating it for a week so need some hints on how to keep it from getting too wet. Par-bake the crust? Egg wash? Help?

    You definitely want to pre-bake the crust. An egg wash while you’re doing that will probably help. Squeezing out the liquid from the tomatoes will help too. ~Elise

  9. brian kirby

    This is very simiar to a pie my Mum used to cook, and I still do.
    However, instead of hot pepper sauce,(which sounds delicious, and I will try.)She put English mustard powder in with the cheese.

    Also slowly sautee the onions until they
    begin to brown at the edges,and just at the end throw in a crushed garlic clove.
    This tends to sweeten the pie a little.

    Verdict :- Either way, DELICIOUS.

  10. Beth

    Elise, I am the worst pie crust maker ever but do like to work with frozen puff pastry. How do you think this would work as a tart? Thanks.

    Should be good, it you try it please let us know how it turns out. ~Elise

  11. Erica

    How funny – I posted something similar yesterday – a caramelized onion, tomato, goat cheese tart. Yes, the caramelized onions are great! I like that you use a lot of tomatoes. It’s kind of like a cross between a tart and a quiche. Lovely as usual!

  12. Jebediah Webb

    This looks *awesome*. One way to prevent your crust from getting soggy would be too cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out all the flesh and seeds with a spoon. Then sprinkle some kosher salt inside each tomato half and put them cut-side down on a plate for 15 minutes or so. The salt will draw out excess moisture.

  13. Wendy

    Dear Elise-this may not be the proper place to ask this question, but I was unable to find a better one. This recipe looks wonderful, but as you mentioned to another poster- not suitable for picnics. I have recently joined my church group that delivers home cooked dinners to members in need (new mothers, sick, hard times, etc.) and I want a few things (the usual lasagnas, mex pie, etc. have all been claimed). I just love your recipes…do you have any suggestions?

    I would take a look at our casserole recipes. The talerine casserole I think would work well for your need. ~Elise

  14. aimee

    Ah tomato pie means it’s summer in the south! YUM!

    We mix an egg, dried mustard, and bread crumbs in with the cheese mixture…

  15. Peggy

    I wonder if this would be good with canned diced tomatoes? I was thinking of the Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles if you drained them really well. I love that smokey flavor.

  16. Anelle

    I love tomato pie! I recently discovered that it existed as well. I have been making 1-2 a week since then with the grape tomatoes I have that are going crazy.

    The recipe I have is very similar to yours, but as you say, things can change. I have not yet made one with a crust, either. I also used sour cream instead of may one time (I have a particular aversion to mayo, so if I can avoid it, I do), and it was fantastic. It was more like pizza soup than any sort of pie, but it was amazing pizza soup.

    We have tried all different cheeses, but so far our favorite was mozzarella, parmesan, and feta.

  17. carmen

    I just made a very similar Tomato Pie. The recipe won a contest on NPR and the main difference is that it used a Bisquick crust. I’ve had such an abbundance of tomatoes from my garden this year, and this was a great way to use some up.

  18. Teri

    I almost didn’t read even look at this recipe when I first read the name of it (tomato pie?!?!), but I am so glad I did! I made it for dinner tonight and it was great (I actually ate it cold, when I got home from work). I brushed the pie crust with dijon honey mustard, left out the hot sauce (so the kids would eat it, but of course they didn’t), used a cheese nacho mix and fat-free mayo. I think it wasn’t quite as nice as yours on the top because of the fat-free mayo, next time I’ll go with the regular. Oh yes, I also sauteed the onions with some garlic. Yum!!

  19. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    Just wanted to say that I made this pie tonight for dinner and it was every bit as delicious as I expected it to be. The whole family loved it! Thanks!

  20. Jane

    Hi Elise,

    This looks amazing! I’m wondering if anyone has frozen a pie for winter enjoyment? I’d love to make up a bunch of these while the homegrown tomatoes are abundant, then savor the flavor that just can’t be had from a grocery store tomato when they are not. What do you think?

    I LOVE your site! Your photos are so appetizing. I salivate every time I come to your pages! Yum!

  21. Julie

    Ok this looks amazing! Anything topped cheese, mayo, and hot sauce gets an A+ in my book! One odd questions though…do the tomatoes taste raw or uncooked? I love cooked tomatoes but I really don’t like the taste or texture of a raw tomato. I know I’m weird…a foody who can’t appreciate the beautiful flavor of a fresh from the garden tomato!

    The tomatoes are definitely cooked. ~Elise

  22. lgarrison

    Hello Elise,

    I have made a number of your recipes and this is another hit! Like someone else who posted, I have never heard of tomato pie. Anyhow, very good with a nice salad. I was wondering how you would feel about substituting about 1/4 cup of the mayo for cream cheese. Either I used too much mayo or maybe my organic mayo is very strong. It was very good but I would like to take off some of that mayo edge. Next time I really want to try it with the homemade crust. Thanks again, I will be making this again this week :)

    I say go for it, and let us know how it turns out. You might also try using sour cream instead of cream cheese, for a little more tang. ~Elise

  23. Madame Fromage

    Holy crow, I just happened upon your blog thru Food in Jars, and I couldn’t believe that I found myself staring at the same thing I ate last week. Tomato pie! Until this summer, I’d never heard of it, but then I visited a friend in upstate NY who presented me with a succulent tomato pie and this very recipe. What’s the origin? I’d love to know. I saw that the last issue of Gourmet Mag also had a recipe for T.P. — from James Beard, no less — but it involved a crust on top and bottom, made from biscuit dough. Anyway, thanks for the post. I can’t explain why 3/4 cup of mayo makes this recipe taste so damn good, but it does, it really does.

  24. missvitamin

    I’m going to try this and also a “mexican” version subbing/adding cilantro and adding green chiles. Thanks!

    Great idea. I’ve been thinking about doing that too. You could even use Mexican melty cheese. ~Elise

  25. Paula

    What a hit this recipe is. So many positive comments and suggestions. It’s a versatile one too. I made a small (8″) pie just for two of us. I put a thin layer of Dijon mustard on the bottom of the crust before adding the tomatoes. It added a nice tang. Next time I might use basil pesto instead, just for variety. The cheese layer is superb. Thanks Elise – the timing on this was perfect.

  26. Megan

    This looks wonderful! One question I have is whether steps 1-4 can be done ahead of time. I’d like to prep this in the afternoon, but then maybe refrigerate it and bake it an hour or two later. Would this be okay, or would it result in a soggy crust?

    Thanks for the advice!

    I think it would get soggy. You could easily prep all of the ingredients and then assemble when you want to bake. ~Elise

  27. Beth

    Made this last night, including the pie crust recipe and I have a question. The bottom of the pan (tart pan w/removeable bottom) had grease in it. Some of it even leaked out the bottom. I assume it is from the mayo/cheese mixture. I make an artichoke dip with similar ingredients and when baked too long, it breaks. I was afraid of that happening but I had to cook it the full 45 minutes, maybe even 50 to get the top to brown. Any suggestions? I loved this and would really like to perfect it. Thanks, Elise.

    I wouldn’t use a tart pan, or if using a pan with a removable bottom, put a pan in a rack beneath it to catch any drippings. There is a lot of butter in the dough recipe, which is where most of what you are seeing is coming from. ~Elise

  28. JuliaZ

    I despise mayo. I won’t eat anything that has mayo and can usually ferret it out if it’s in a recipe.

    Is there ANY substitute? I love the idea of tomato pie, and we have tons of ripe home-grown maters right now, so maybe I will try a thick and dry roux instead.

    Mayo is just an emulsion of oil and egg, with a little acid like lemon juice or vinegar. It is a very useful combination of ingredients for this recipe. You could just skip the mayo if you want, then you’ll have something more like a pizza pie, which would be good on its own. ~Elise

  29. geekgrrl

    I am looking forward to trying this pie but I have a question about the mayonaise. To me mayo is “Kraft Miracle Whip” and not Hellmans Mayo which tastes bland and boring. Which should be used here?

    I used Real Foods (Hellmans) but if you prefer Miracle Whip, or making your own mayonnaise for that matter, go for it. ~Elise

  30. Everyday Mommy

    I’ve made Tomato pie before and this recipe is very similar. I made it this evening as I have homegrowns in abundance. I substituted cilantro for the basil and added a bit of cumin to the mayo mixture. Deelish!

  31. Jeska

    Amazing. And amazingly filling, too.
    I love it when I can cook a main dish without feeling like I’m missing the meat.

    The hubby was a bit skeptical but quickly changed his tune.

    I didn’t have tabasco, so I put in a can of mild green chilies and sprinkled the top with just a pinch of cayenne.

  32. Kacy

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I first had tomato pie when I was a kid and have loved it ever since. People always thought I was crazy when I made it for them…until they had a bite. Hopefully everyone who follows your site will give this one a try!

  33. Tracy

    This is one of those recipes that looked intriguing (and obviously delicious based on the reviews), but as I was assembling everything I wasn’t quite confident in what the final taste would be – usually in my mind I have a taste expectation for what I’m cooking.

    Well, this tomato pie completely blew me away, and my dinner guests! The rich gooey browned cheese (I used sharp cheddar and mozz) added a smokiness to the pie and all the flavors melded together perfectly.

    I followed the recipe fairly faithfully, except embellished by adding a thin layer of dijon mustard to the crust before topping with everything else and substituting caramelized shallots/garlic for the chopped red onion. I used quite a bit of that Franks Hot Sauce (almost 2 tablespoons) which I think also contributed to the smoky tang of the cheese crust. DEFINITELY A KEEPER!!!

  34. andrea

    I’ve never had tomatoes pie before but it sounded good and I read the reviews. I thought it was good but not outstanding. My guess did not like the hottiness of it. Someone making it for the first time may want to cut the tobasso in half.

  35. KristineB

    I had the same reaction (worse actually) when I first heard of my college roommate’s family recipe for Onion Pie! I didn’t particularly care for cooked onions at the time, but that recipe brought me back around.

  36. Randi Lynne

    I made this last night discovered a juicy pie from not squeezing the tomatoes well enough. I added some blue cheese in the mayo mixture and it was lovely. I thought it turned out pretty amazing for my first tomato pie! Thanks for the great recipe!

  37. Jen

    Made this last night, seeded the tomatoes then let them drain after chopping in a colander. I used a mix of cheddar/monterey jack/mozzerella. It was to die for – so fabulous. Even had a slice cold for breakfast. Yum! THANK YOU!

  38. Becky

    OMG, this is fan-friggin-tastic. I made this a few nights ago and my boyfriend nearly ate the whole pie. My grandmother’s birthday is this weekend, and I already have requests to bring this as a side. My cheese mix was medium cheddar and parmesan…very tangy, uber yummy. I also carmelized the onions. Snap!

  39. Heather

    I am making this tonight for dinner. I had my husband read the recipe and all he could say was,”When are you making this?”. I was wondering though if I could substitute rolled out premade crescent roll dough for the crust as a variation instead of a pie crust. Any thoughts? I will post later and let you know how dinner turns out. :)

    I think it would work just fine. But in either case, please let us know how it turns out. ~Elise

  40. Kathleen

    While I’d wanted to try this using caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, homemade piecrust, etc., I was short on time and energy a couple of nights ago when I needed a side dish for dinner, and so decided to go the quick route: very ordinary grocery store tomatoes, store-brand pre-made piecrust, and a bag of Kraft Mexican-style Four Cheese Blend. And guess what…it was still great!

    Now, I confess the basil was a fancy one from my herb garden, but I don’t think that was the reason–I expect it’s just that this recipe is forgiving and can elevate mundane ingredients into something better than they started out.

    I still want to try it with some farmer’s market tomatoes and well-caramelized Creole onions, but, on reflection, that might be dangerous…I could have eaten half of my first attempt at one sitting…if I use really good ingredients, what will happen to my self-restraint?? No matter…this will be going to the next potluck I attend, and I suspect the other folks present will make sure I don’t hurt myself!

  41. Judy Shonyo

    Awesome! Great right out of the oven with a light salad but, even better cold the next day. This is a keeper. Changed nothing in the recipe. Perfect.

  42. Jess

    Goodness gracious this looks good! I’m going to try it tonight, with a really nice local (Australian) goat cheese. Can’t wait – so many different flavours you could try with this one. Thanks Elise :)

  43. Kay

    It was delicious! The onions and Franks Hot Sauce were perfect additions. My husband is not a tomato lover, but he loved this. I would like to cut out the fat a little. Any of you who have used less mayo or low fat products?

  44. Ellen

    MMM..our family loves tomato pie. Last night I used some sweet yellow peppers and some red candy onions with the tomatoes..mmmmm
    Here is the crust recipe I use. It works well with all the juices. I do remove the seeds and some of the juice before hand.

    “No one can fail pie crust.”

    AKA: Stir and roll pie crust
    2 cups flour
    1/2 cup oil
    1 1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 cup very cold milk

    Stir and roll between waxed paper.
    Makes a 9 inch crust.
    to pre bake use a 425* oven.
    It stays together best if rolled into a ball and handled with your hands a bit.

    To save time I just press it into the pie pan. Then add the tomato mixture and topping. No pre bake needed. Works just wonderfully!
    ENJOY!!!

  45. Mickey

    Never heard of this before…but a quick review of my garden/pantry revealed I had everything I needed!

    I substituted puff pastry since I had one on hand and was too lazy to make a fresh crust (my wife is the pie-maestro in our house anyway)…pre-baked it for 5 min with some weights in the center and heavily docked.

    I used only 1/2 cup mayo, it seemed to work fine and lightened it a tad. I used mozzarella, provolone, and parm…plus a 1/2 tsp of dried red chili flakes.

    VERY delicious! Thanks Elise!

  46. chas

    I just made this pie and it was so good. If you click on the pastry link and make that crust be sure to read all the directions carefully. I was a little longer making the pie than I thought I would be, but is was worth it. Great buttery crust. I also put a few slices of thinly sliced zucchini over the tomatoes. After I cut the first slice, lots of liquid came oozing out. I used a paper towel to blot it up.I hope the crust does not get soggy in the fridge. I want to try it cold tomorrow for my lunch. I forgot to put the basil in, and I sprinkled a little red pepper flakes in instead of the hot sauce.

  47. Jim

    Heaven! I caramelized my onions for this recipe and it was just great. My friends in the south say they make tomato pie all the time, just not always with tomato! The use whatever soft vegetable they have, zucchini, squash, etc. I think I’ll try that next time.

  48. Ryan Blizzard

    Let me just say this is an awsome idea. I made this for my wife and her friend. The friend is alergic to onions, so I substituted shredded zuchinni.

  49. Kelly

    I made this for a weekend lunch and it was great. Even my picky toddler scarfed it up.

    I used a Swedish cheese called Vasterbotten, which I can only describe as a mating of cheddar and parmesan, mixed with fresh mozzarella and added a bit of mustard as per a suggestion in one of the earlier comments.

    The only thing that went a little wrong, which might just be because I didn’t get enough water out of the tomatoes, was how runny the pie was initially. I had planned to serve it hot but our first slice was sort of like soup in a crust. It held together much better at room temperature.

  50. Danielle Wallace

    This is a wonderful recipe. We used cherry tomatoes from our garden. I squeezed the juice from the tomatoes into a sauce for my kids. Instead of the mayo I used ricotta. It was wonderful, thanks! I’ll use it tonight for a dinner with friends again.

  51. carolyn t at tastingspoons.com

    Oh, Elise, this pie was absolutely divine! Amazing flavor. I used gruyere and mozzarella, which was so, so good. I want another occasion to make this soon before tomato season is gone. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I wrote it up on my blog (giving you all the credit).

  52. Steve

    Tomato season is in full swing and so is basil. Friends and family are handing me tomatoes and I was quickly running out of ideas. I saw this recipe and thought it would be worthwhile even though my wife and daughter scoffed at the idea. They quickly changed their minds after the first bite. Thanks for the recipe.

  53. Raven

    This was realllllllyyy good! The only thing that I would personally change is the cheeses. It was a little to rich for me with the three different cheese. I think I would stick to just Mozzarella maybe, perhaps add just a little bit of Parmesan on top of that, or like one of the other posters said use Ricotta instead of mayo. I just think that it was too rich for my blood with the pie crust AND the three cheeses.

    I used fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden and it was just absolutely fabulous! My family really enjoyed it and I cannot wait to make it again with the little substitutions I have seen throughout the comment thread.

    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  54. Michaela

    I made this last night but a bit different… when you mentioned pizza I was instantly inspired!!! Added chopped green bell pepper with the onion, and some finely chopped pepperoni and italian sausage between that layer and the tomato. Amazing!! Thank you for your fun recipes!!! :)

  55. Tasha

    Elise,
    I made this tonight and it was incredible! I expected to like it, but I had no idea that we would love it as much as we did. This will definitely become a regular at our house during tomato season. Thanks again for sharing!

  56. geekgrrl1

    I tried this the other night to rave reviews from hubby. I used a “press in the pan” pie crust recipe, substituted seeded roma tomatoes as they have less juice, spread sweet onion mustard on the crust, and used ricotta and an egg with hot sauce instead of the cheese and sprinkled garlic red pepper spice over the top. It was excellent. Next time I will increase the spices a little to suit our tastes, and try a cheese-mayo blend to compare. Definitely a keeper!

  57. Amy Green - Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

    This reminds me of a dish my mom used to make when she had her girlfriends over for lunch. I love the flavor of roasted tomatoes & can just taste them with Gruyere and mozzarella.

  58. kelly

    I made this last night. Wow. It is soooo good.
    I will be making this again for a dinner party/BBQ this weekend. Yum.
    Thanks.

  59. GRACE

    I have been making this recipe for a couple of years. Every time I make it people really enjoy it. I highly recommend trying it. I haven’t used corn in mine but that sounds good. The fresh basil is very important. I add chopped garlic (of course I put that in just about everything).

  60. Marcy

    Hi!

    This is the 1st time growing my own tomatoes in South Carolina! And though they aren’t Jersey beefsteaks (SUPER YUM for those who have never experienced one!!), they are really good. Tomato Pie?? My room mate who is strictly plain, meat and potates, no muss, no fuss, loved it. I wanted to make it and had all the ingrediants but cheese wise, I had 5 cheese Italian and sharp cheddar. Cheddar definitely was not be a good choice for a good melting cheese but I have some smoky gouda that might be interesting. ANyway, thanks for a great recipe–I could have eaten the whole thing myself in 1 day!! Five stars!!*****

    Marcy

  61. Arnease Moore

    Used spinach leaves instead of basil. Cut the mayo with equal sour cream too. Warmed leftovers in toaster oven and they were great.
    Wondered if there was a way to make it as ‘impossible pie’ with ‘bisquik’.

  62. Katherine Mynard

    Hi Elise

    I found your web site when I googled quince jam as I have a fruiting quince tree in my back garden and notic+ed your recipe for tomato pie. I have just served it to my family and it was delicious and particularly enjoyed by my 9 year old son. I bought a large back of red and yellow baby tomatoes on sale in the supermarket (also 2 red peppers) and roasted them with olive oil, salt, pepper and basil and let them cool. I sauteed some red tomatoes in olive oil and put these in the bottom of the cooked pastry case, then filled with the tomatoes (loads) and topped with grated cheddar and gruyere cheese mixed with mayo and also an egg to bind it. The end result was delicious. The roasted tomatoes were really full of flavour and I did not need to squeeze out the water, the pastry case stayed crisp. The pie looked like your lovely photo. I have subscribed to your web site and look forward to recieving more inspiring recipes. As a ‘foodie’ I always read the recipes and adapt and I really enjoyed this one.

    So glad you enjoyed the pie! ~Elise

  63. Stephanie Manley

    Surprisingly good. I made these for a cocktail party this weekend. I did one as you wrote, and one with gargonzola.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  64. katherine Mynard

    Just read my comment and would like to correct – I sauteed some red ONIONS in olive oil (not tomatoes). Bought a large BAG of red & yellow baby tomatoes… Sorry about the typos. Just finished off the pie last night – reheated really well in the oven.

  65. Renea Pominville

    Made this last week for dinner was supper yummy, even my hubby who is not a tomato fan loved it. I did carmalize the onions. I also added one link of left over italian sausage. I also just used 1/4c. of mayo mixed with a table spoon of olive oil and used pepper flakes in stead of hot sauce. Turned out great!

  66. Sonja Lovas

    Saw the Tomato pie recipe and remembered it while visiting relatives in MN. Made it for Labor Day and it was the hit of the party!

  67. Erika

    I just love your site. I made this a couple weeks ago when we had some house guests and it was a hit. I loved it and my husband who was skeptical of the concept was surprised by how much he liked it. I highly recommend this!

  68. Lauren

    I made this for dinner the other night, but didn’t have mayonnaise on hand so I made my own from an emulsion of egg, vinegar, and olive oil. Hubby and I both agreed that light mayo is the way to go–we thought it was way too heavy with the homemade version. Also, we actually didn’t like the pie-crust texture with this one. We thought it would have been much better with a bready consistency…perhaps pizza dough or even biscuit dough in the pie pan. Just my two cents!

  69. MG

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I was visiting my parents for vacation and my dad had a ton of ripe tomatoes from his garden. I made this with a homeade pie crust, carmelized onions and thinly sliced sweet jalepeno peppers and it was amazing!

  70. Daniel

    This recipe looked so delicious that my girlfriend and I decided to try it — unfortunately, the result was *way* to basil-y. I really wanted to like it, but the amount of basil called for rendered it inedible. I still recommend the recipe, but go light on the basil when making it!

  71. Celina

    I have never heard of tomato pie, and frankly wasn’t optimistic about the recipe. But since you have never let me down (and because I had a ton of unused tomatoes from my garden sitting on my counter) I tried it. It was a hit! My guests went back for seconds. Bravo!

  72. Kenzi

    I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious! The only recommendation I would have is to saute the onions before adding to the pie crust, because mine stayed rather hard after baking.

    Good luck!

  73. busymomma

    This was so delicious. I did use a layer of Coarse Dijon on the crust before filling and used green onions because I had them on hand also cleaned up cheese odds and ends in the fridge The mayo works it… Wow how lovely and no one touched the mushroom and goat cheese quiche I served as well…. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe

  74. Margaret Pierce

    This is a great recipe! I would like to make it during the winter months. Would can tomatoes work?

    I haven’t tried it with canned tomatoes, but if you do, I suggest squeezing as much liquid out of the tomatoes first as possible. ~Elise

  75. Brooke

    I made this for my neighborhood block party and it went over so well that it was gone by the time I got to it. Luckily, my fiance` still had one bite left!

  76. Ashley

    O man this sounds delish! I am going to leave half the mayo out, and mix the cheese/mayo mixture with goat cheese and bread crumbs. Then add spinach to the tomato mix! mmm can’t wait!

  77. Lori Lee

    I made this pie for myself tonight and it was delicious! I used half gruyere and half sharp cheddar for the cheeses. I think I’ll be having it for dinner all week. It’s very rich and a single serving goes a long way. I can’t wait until the heirlooms are in season so I can use them for a pie. Thanks for the great recipe!

  78. Gail

    I’m always amazed at how many people read a recipe, think it sounds delicious, and then make it the first time with completely different ingredients! I don’t mean subbing light mayo (Hellman’s Light works perfectly, by the way) for regular, but if you sub ricotta or sour cream or add some of the crazy stuff people say they added, you’re making a different recipe.

  79. arunie

    Hi Elise,
    Fantastic Recipe! I made it for our block party yesterday and it was completely devoured. Everyone loved it! I made it about 2 hours before the party and just let it sit/cool at room temperature. You have a fantastic website. Your patee brisee is my go to for any tart/pie recipe. Keep up the great work!
    A

  80. Julie

    We had this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! I used both cheddar cheese and monteray jack. Blanched and peeled the tomatoes first – then diced and allowed to sit on paper towels to drain – even blotted again before putting in shell – also carmelizing the onions gave such a smoky rich flavor to the dish….
    This was a delicious recipe!! Thanks so much – my family was delighted!

  81. Jessie

    Thank you again for another fantastic recipe! As always, it was so delicious and so easy. I tried it once using the original recipe, which was amazing, then I added a few twists of my own the next time around – I caramelized the onion, used shredded zucchini, sweet corn and some fresh thyme. I seriously can’t stop eating it.

    To all of you mayonnaise-haters out there, what are you so afraid of? I used a low-fat olive oil based mayo with a jack/cheddar combo, and when the mixture baked the result was a lightly puffy, tangy, cheesy heaven. It looks like you’ve added an egg, but it tastes so much better! You won’t even remember that you used mayo – I promise!

    Elise you are the best!

  82. Lisa

    This recipe is delicious! I used Gruyere, Mozzarella plus a tiny bit of Cheddar. The mayo gives this dish just the right zip. What a great summer recipe and so easy to make!! Thanks!

  83. Amber

    This is alot like a recipe my sister-in-law makes. Instead of a pie crust, use Flaky Layers Grands Biscuits. Pull them apart to create 2 biscuits (they must be quite cold to do this). Place biscuit sections in mini-muffin tins much like you would a regular pie crust. Mix together 3 chopped plum tomatoes, 1 small onion, half cup of mayo, 1 teaspoon dried basil, salt, pepper, half cup of cheese (your choice – I use cheddar) and a quarter cup cooked bacon. Spoon filling in and bake as directed on the biscut package. Makes about a dozen. Take to a party and watch them disappear! SOOOO YUMMY!

  84. SUZANNE YOUNG

    I have made this recipe for many years and it gets gobbled up each time. It’s definitely not a low-cal recipe but it’s worth the “waist” and it’s always a hit.

  85. Cathy Mac

    I use half cream cheese and half mayo to make it a little better for you, and it came out great. I also added a spoonful of garlic to the cheese mixture and added feta cheese to the shredded mozz/cheddar combo. FABULOUS!!!!

  86. Heather L

    I have an extreme aversion to mayo…would anything else be able to substitute? Ricotta? Sour cream? Otherwise this recipe looks great and I’d really like to try it, but mayonnaise is maybe the grossest substance ever.

    Hi Heather, this tomato pie requires mayonnaise. You could try it with something else, but I have no idea how it will turn out. ~Elise

  87. Robyn K,

    This recipe looks really good. I am wondering if this could work as smaller tarts that could be served as an appetizer, instead of in the larger, pie format?

    Probably. Best to make it in the summer though, when tomatoes are in season. ~Elise

  88. Donna Bridgers

    Used 2 cans of flavored, diced Contadina tomatoes, drained in a colander and squeezed. Was delicious. I need to check out your other recipes. Thank you.

  89. Elizabeth

    Made this last Saturday when a good friend came over for dinner. She is one of those fantastic friends I can always count on who actually gets excited about being my “guinea pig”(when it comes to new recipes). I’ve never even heard of tomato pie, but it looked so good, I had to try it.
    The pie was absolutely amazing!! As other readers have mentioned, I too was a little intimidated by the amount of mayo called for in this recipe, but I can attest….it is in there for a reason peeps…Have a little faith….You won’t be disappointed!

  90. Tina

    Loved the recipe! My family couldn’t take the mayonnaise. Made the pie gooey and the texture stimulated the gag reflex. Next time I’m going to skip the mayo and see how it goes.

    Great recipes, I love your site I get dinner ideas from here everytime!

  91. Marina

    I had never heard of Tomato Pie prior to visiting your blog. I can’t even remember how I first came across your blog, but I am glad I did!

    This recipe looked too good not to try so I made it using pesto as I didn’t have any basil nearby. I have made it several times since, always using the pesto and it still remains a favourite, especially when we have friends visiting as it never fails to impress.

    Many thanks for sharing this wonderful pie with us all.

  92. Ashley Brent

    This pie is exactly what I’ve been looking for to bring to a family Memorial Day cookout this weekend. I plan on baking two of them and wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions as to the best way to bring it to the party? They will be one of the side dishes (along with your broccoli salad Elise) and so eaten an hour or 2 after I arrive. Should I bake it right before and serve it room temperature, or bring the pre-baked pie shells and the remaining ingredients to assemble and bake there? Any advice would be great please and thank you again Elise for such incredible recipes and photos!

  93. carolyn

    Hi Elise,
    Love your recipes…they are “simply” simple and delicious. Thank you. I’m from Charleston and of course I know all about Tomato pies! Your recipe is the same one I’ve used for years! Down here we only use Duke’s mayo :) and may I suggest using Vidalla onions? It brings a sweeter flavor to the pie. Also, try this trick (my own, I might add) after cutting up tomatoes run them through your salad spinner! No more soggy pies!

    Great tips on the Vidalia onions and the salad spinner for the tomatoes, thanks! ~Elise

  94. Nicole

    Just made this ‘delicious’ tomato pie recipe for the first time today! Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!
    My tomato garden is about 2 weeks away from first harvest, so I substituted with Wegman’s ‘Kitchen cut’ Plum Roma tomatoes. I used mozzarella & Gruyere to make the “gooey cheese snowball”! I can not wait to make this recipe again!!

  95. Andrew

    My Mom used 1C of lemon curdled lowfat milk and after it was thickened she beat in an egg. She used the german hot and spicy mustard whole grain that I like on the crust. She layered the carmelized onions and garlic, then the tomatoes, but added sliced jalapenos and chopped cilantro. She poured the liquid stuff on top, then sprinkled a little parmesean, queso fresco. She used a press in gluten free crust she baked for about 10 min first. It was so good, we ate it all and wanted more. Next time, she baked 4 10 in tomato pies, and they are just as good cold with a little salsa, room temp any which way, and reheated Dad added a touch of blue cheese. Man makes cheese too, and I think this would go good with any cheese you like

  96. Brittany

    This is amazing. I used half mayo half sour cream. I also added ham and feta to tomatoes. It was delicious. I can’t wait to share with others.

  97. Lisa

    Made this the first time you posted it… I was a bit tentative. But, wow. Loved it, and brought it to gatherings ever after. Takes a bit of coaxing to get people to try it, but once they do, they love it.

  98. Alice

    I made this pie a “zillion” times last year and, while I thought it was good, I thought family and friends just “liked” it also. I was not prepared for the outpouring of fresh tomatoes from others gardens and fresh pie shells to make “YOUR FAMOUS TOMATO PIE” that I have received this year. My pie? I assure you I told eveyone where I got this recipe. It is absolutely the best..and I did not change a thing.

  99. Linda

    This sounds a lot like a savoury clafouti. You make it without a crust. Ingredients:
    10gr butter-this is to butter the dish with
    100gr flour-about 2/3 cup
    3 eggs
    2dl milk–1 cup
    1/2dl cream-1/3 cup
    25gr melted butter-about 3 Tabl.
    breadcrumbs, salt, basil
    grilled vegetables-tomatoes and zuchinni and onions
    Sprinkle with parmasean cheese and bake. So yummy.

  100. Andrea

    Do you think this could be frozen?

    Haven’t tried to freeze it, but if you do, please let us know how it turns out for you. ~Elise

  101. Adjoran

    You can substitute either fat-free sour cream or fat-free plain yogurt for half the mayo. For even better flavor, caramelize the onions first.

    It is very important to squeeze or drain the tomatoes – too much juice makes the crust a soggy mess.

  102. Charlene

    I made this last night. DH was so skeptical beforehand but then he had seconds and kept saying it was really good. Thanks for another great way to use up my tomato bounty, Elise.

  103. Pam Green

    I have a similar family recipe made the same way. Alternate slices of red and green tomatoes until the shell is full. Top with 1/2 cup of mayo mixed with 1/2 cup grated parmesan and a clove of minced garlic.

  104. Mark Boxshus

    Hello Elise…….LONG time no chat, but I still follow you religiously…….lol

    I made this pie last night, and people loved it. I’m now conjuring up other recipes using alternate cheese blends, perhaps including a dash of mustard on the crust and possibly even including an egg as well. And while I’m on a roll, today I’m making up your cheese biscuits.

    Thanks for your never ending supply of delicious, inspiring recipes. Perhaps, now that my life has slowed down to a manageable level of chaos, I can resume posting on my own blog as well.

    Hi Mark, you are very welcome! Yes, the tomato pie is open to all sorts of wonderful variation. ~Elise

  105. Chrissy

    I made this last night and used mozzarella and feta. I also added prosciutto, which I basically chopped very fine so it wouldn’t leave large, cumbersome ribbons throughout the pie. It was amazing. My son, 6 yrs old, had 2 slices and wanted more! Great recipe, thank you for sharing!

  106. maria

    Wow… this is soooo good! Thank you! It’s wonderful that you urge people to try their own versions, too. I was hesitant to use so much mayo, and substituted 1/4 cup of it with softened cream cheese. Used combo of moz and parmesean for the topping, and seasoned with white pepper and a little hot sauce, omitting salt because of the parm. But I did season the tomatoes with salt / pepper and hot sauce called for in the recipe. Also, after squeezing and shredding the tomatoes, I let them sit in a strainer for a while and drip, and then pressed to expel more juices. The bottom of the crust (store-bought, I must admit) stayed nice and flaky and the pie was still nice and moist. Next time I will try carmelizing the onions first. It won’t be long before I make this wonderfule pie again!

  107. Frances

    I love this recipe! I printed this recipe when you first put it on your site, and have made it several times since. You rock!! Thank you for your wonderful site!

  108. Nicole

    I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. I caramelized the onions and added a bit of parmesan to the crust. So, so good. The husband mmmmed and cooed all throughout dinner. It’s a winner. Make it.

  109. Lisa Argue

    This was a great recipe, i cooked it last night (added fresh spinach and crumbled bacon on top of the tomatoes). My husband said “we have frozen pizza for a back up right?” but he loved it too!

  110. Mary Morris

    I live in the heart of good tomato country, near the central valley of California. This dish brings out all of the fresh taste of vine-ripened tomatoes along with the basil I grow in my yard (in the shade) plus carmelized onions, no big deal to prepare, just cook low and slow, and you will get the great sweet flavor. The pie is absolutely delicious – Mary

  111. Tim

    My wife is from New Orleans, and Tomato Pie has been a summer staple at our house for many years. Her family recipe includes bacon (no surprise there), and of course it’s always Vidalia onion sauteed until translucent. The trick mentioned above (Carolyn?) about using a salad spinner to get the liquid out of the tomatoes is a great idea; why did I never think of that? I generally mix a bit of the mayo/cheese mixture in with the tomato to help it get down toward the bottom of the pie.

    Great recipe, as usual.

  112. DebSG

    I made this last night. AMAZING and really easy! I added some Dijon (brushed on crust, added to cheese mixture)and threw in some extra veggies (thin sliced zucchini, red and green peppers). I don’t care for mayo, and thought about using a substitute. In the end, I had faith in the recipe and was really happy with the results. One thing I’d do differently is to be more careful in adding salt to the cheese mixture. I almost used too much. My family loved it, though, and asked me to make another pie tonight!

  113. Mitch

    This recipe was a little disappointing. The mayo gave is a sweet taste that did not add much. For now I’m sticking with a more traditional version that uses a coating of Dijon on the crust.

  114. Terri S

    This recipe is SO good! I added bacon bits the first time I made it and the second time I added shredded left over turkey breast and bacon bits. YUM! I can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch. Reheats nicely!

  115. Sam Maser

    Just made three of these. (Gave two as thank-you gifts to neighbors who helped jump our car’s dead battery yesterday in a torrential downpour. Without their help, our daughter wouldn’t have gotten to sleep away camp!)

    The one I kept for myself and my husband is DELICIOUS. I used tomatoes I bought at a farm stand in the country yesterday (after aforementioned camp drop off). I made it for us to have for dinner later today, but when it came out of the oven (at about 3 p.m.), it smelled so good that I just had to cut a sliver to eat immediately! I can see it will be great at room temperature as well, and all it needs is a green salad with a mustardy dressing.

    I made no changes to the recipe, but I did caramelize the onions. (I used store-bought pie crusts.) Now that I’ve made it once the original way, I look forward to experimenting with alternate fillings and cheeses! I know that zucchini with dill and feta would work wonderfully.

    BTW, I’ve been getting the Simply Recipes e-mails for a while now, but this is the first recipe I’ve actually made. Now I’ll definitely be trying others!

  116. Gordon Phillips

    Oh My… This is delicious! I used fresh tomatoes from the garden out back – I doubled the recipe and made two pies. I used 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika and about 1 Tbsp of Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning so cut those amounts in half for a single pie. I used a Mozzarella sharp Cheddar mix – I cannot believe how delicious this is! I Will make this again :)

  117. Gertie Sioux

    This is the best! I have made it about 3x this summer! I add some chopped pepproncini (the light green pickled peppers) on top of the tomatoes, you can add less hotsauce if you do this, but it adds a really yummy kick! My relatives back in NC love this recipe too!

  118. Hannah

    Thanks for the recipe! This pie was a hit at a family party, most of whom said, “interesting” when I brought it. They were later asking for the recipe. I carmelized the onions, red and white, with vinegar, and used pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses. The hot sauce added a nice little kick. This will be added to my rotation!!

  119. Mary

    Made this for dinner last night, and I can’t stop thinking about it. AMAZING! Really, the best pie ever. Wish I had a pie contest;)

    Use light mayo from Trader Joe’s, and it worked like a charm.

  120. Pat O'Neal

    I love the tomato pie recipe! Can the pie be prepared, baked and then frozen for future use?
    Thanks for your advice.

    Perhaps. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out for you. ~Elise

  121. randi

    Made this last week and have been requested to make again this week. Thumbs up on caramelizing the onions first. I could eat this as my main meal.

  122. Susie

    I have made this pie twice now. The second time I added shrimp to the recipe. This is a wonderful pie. Very fresh tasting. There are many substitutions that can be made, but the original is the best. Anyone who doesn’t like this pie, doesn’t know what good is! Thank you for the recipe.

  123. debra stone

    I made the tomatoe pie and substituted fresh homemade pesto instead of using the chopped basil, it worked out great. Also used pepper jack and cheddar cheese combination for topping.

  124. Carolyn

    Hi Elise, I see a couple of questions regarding freezing these pies. I personally don’t recommend freezing them, it makes for a very soggy, limp, nasty tasting pie. I made one for a friend and she was unable to eat it at the time, so she put it in the freezer…yuk!

    Thanks for letting us know Carolyn. I had a suspicion that might be the case. ~Elise

  125. Tom in Boston

    Thanks so much for re-posting this recipe! I made it last night, and it simply ROCKED! Absolutely delicious! Keep up the good work!

  126. Rebecca

    This looks delish! Can you use light mayo? I heard it might make it watery, not sure if that is true or not.

    No idea. If you try it with light mayo, please let us know how it turns out for you. ~Elise

  127. Lisa

    I tried this same recipe in a cupcake size so that I could freeze a sidedish-sized portion and eat at will. It worked! I heated one up in the microwave for 1 minute and it tasted great. Reheating in the oven would also work. I’ve shared this with lots of people. Rave reviews by all!

  128. Sarah

    I’ve made this several times. Caramelizing the onions is worth the extra time. I do not think light or low-fat mayo works well, though.

    Next time I might try it with some dijon mustard!

  129. Rosie

    This was excellent and we also caramelized the onions for some extra ‘oomph’. Its also a great way to use up different odds and ends of cheeses as I used a combo of sharp white cheddar, gruyere and mozz. My husband and I ate the entire thing last night. We kept going back for that elusive, ‘one more piece’. Thank you-I will definitely make this again.

  130. Laurie

    Dang it!! I thought I’d located the recipe I used last summer for the incredible tomato tart. I still can’t find it so I’ll have to recreate it from memory. I think it was the simplest thing, though, and a previous poster mentioned a puff pastry sheet, which is what the recipe I am fruitlessly searching for used also. But I think this was pretty much it:

    1 sheet puff pastry – the recipe said to shape it into a circle; I just buy the Trader Joe’s (which is FINALLY available again!) square one and turn up the edges slightly.
    Put it on a baking sheet slightly larger than the puff pastry, brush with a thin layer of dijon mustard, then sprinkle with a layer of Gruyere or good Swiss, then a layer of prosciutto, then a layer of thickly sliced good meaty tomatoes. Salt and pepper the top, bake at 425 or 450 for 15 or 20 minutes.
    BEST THING EVER. My teenage son said it was better than any pizza he’d ever eaten.

  131. linda monach

    I can’t believe I just discovered this gem of a recipe – it is amazing. Tomatoes are so good right now we were looking for creative recipes to use them and came across your pie – I could eat it every week. Thanks for sharing Elise!

  132. Sharyl

    This was so divine! I carmelized the onions and added a few difference kinds of cheeses, but besides that I didn’t change much. IT WAS SO GOOD I ate the whole thing myself within the course of a week. It was worth EVERY. SINGLE. CALORIE.

  133. chloe

    this was wayyyy too rich for me, i only had a small slice and felt ridiculously full and a little sick. the topping was just too rich for me, i wish there was an alternative suggested for the mayo.

  134. Jane Roberts

    Tomato Pie is a fantastic southern favorite of mine. To those of you who have an aversion to mayonnaise, like myself, try greek yogurt, adding a small amount of white vinegar and using 1/2 cup instead of 3/4. I have found greek yogurt to be a wonderfully versatile substitute for mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese. Enjoy!

  135. Jaclynn

    Thank you so much for putting this recipe out because I was looking online for a recipe that had sequential order it in because my daughter Claire had a project to make a recipe for sequential order and she picked your recipe. And guess what……everybody loved it she got an At and I owe it all to you because you put your recipe online for everyone to look at and thankfully we saw it!

  136. Michael

    Good base recipe, even to an upstate NY native like myself who have always had the “other” kind of tomato pie, but mayo is repulsive to me so I had to try something else. After a few failed attempts, I substituted 1/3 cup Mascarpone Cheese and 1/4 plain greek yogurt along with a little extra salt and pepper and 1 tsp yellow mustard to balance out the extra sweetness from the mascarpone. Worked like a charm.

    • Elise

      I wouldn’t recommend doing that. You would have to refrigerate it, and chilling fresh tomatoes pretty much ruins them, destroys their flavor and makes them mealy.

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