A new just take on an aged favorite: tomato pie | Relatives

I’ve been seeking my hand at producing tomato pies, a different late summer season staple to serve as an appetizer, light lunch or meal entree.

I have not but perfected it. It very likely will hardly ever be a signature dish for me, like it was for my late buddy and former fellow columnist Roy H. Odom II.

Roy had shared a beloved recipe with numerous buddies, and his very own handmade tomato pies with even extra. My tries at Roy’s recipe, which phone calls for thick-sliced, ripe, heirloom fruits, have turned out delicious, but runnier than I might like. I suspect it will take a whole lot of trial and mistake, especially on the “pat slices dry to eliminate excess dampness” move.

Much more lately, my maternal cousin Richard Wallen began telling Mother he’d lately started out making tomato pies that were turning out downright delectable. Richard’s sister, cousin Cathy Walton, also has been generating tomato pies utilizing the exact same recipe as Richard.

I have gotten closer to what I imagine of as right density for tomato pie with this recipe my cousins have been discovering delicious. Mom and I share that assessment. We weren’t shocked to find out where Richard observed the recipe past thirty day period. It was featured in the August version of Cooperative Living Journal, printed by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Affiliation of Electric powered Cooperatives.

Growing up with roots in Lee County, Va., I have extensive been acquainted with the magazine mainly because it is dispersed to associates of the Powell Valley Electric powered Cooperative. But everyone can subscribe for $10 a yr. Mom let her membership lapse numerous decades back. Cooperative Living’s information is offered online (this month’s recipes are apple-themed), but I am going to re-subscribe.

The recipe for “Refreshing Tomato Pie” in the August difficulty of Cooperative Dwelling was submitted to the journal by reader Wendy Lankford, Red Oak, Va. It is in truth tasty and downright delicious. And it is really easy to make. I reprint it under with authorization from Cooperative Living.

It truly is a lighter edition of tomato pie than Roy’s, which incorporates a cup of Duke’s mayonnaise and an egg. Lankford’s recipe in Cooperative Residing employs Caesar salad dressing as a binder. I couldn’t decide on 1 above the other. I am tempted to make each individual in a tart pan utilizing a single layer of filling.


I suggest making use of 9-inch deep dish pie crusts for each recipes. And bake the crust first in both of those cases, as specified in the Lankford/Cooperative Dwelling recipe, but not clearly said in Roy’s. I utilised 8-inch deep dish pie crusts and I feel which is 1 cause my pies ended up runnier.

Simply because Roy specified “ripe, heirloom” tomatoes, I went to the Kingsport Farmers Current market and put in $8 on several purple Cherokee and a person huge “pink German.” They have been incredibly juicy. For the other pie I only employed red Grainger County tomatoes from the grocery retail store and for every the recipe, sliced them really thinly.

Mother and I choose white pepper in our cooking and baking and I employed it in the two recipes.

Mother doesn’t like sliced onions, so I chopped them the place the recipe phone calls for sliced.