Tomato Pie: Smack Your Granny Good

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Heather says:

Two years ago I stumbled upon the deliciousness that is tomato pie. The framework for this recipe can be credited to Paula Deen, but it has been played with enough, to call it my own.

Before giving this pie a shot, make sure you have fully ripe tomatoes. I know, I know it’s tempting, what with the bacon and basil, but just sit tight and wait. Don’t ruin this with a tomato that has seen the inside of a refrigerator. Fine, you won’t ruin it, but. . . it’ll be worth it.

Some people get very persnickety about the bottom crust. You have three options:

  1. Blind bake -pre-bake the bottom crust-  but know that you will absolutely have to protect the edge of your pie during the real baking and I hate putzing around with foil like that
  2. Instead of draining the seeded tomato slices in a colander you can do so on a clean flour sack towel -it doesn’t have to be that particular one, you just don’t want to end up with linty tomatoes. Bleh.
  3. Suck it up and deal with it because it’s delicious.

Double Crust Tomato Onion Bacon Pie

Double Crust Tomato, Onion, and Bacon Pie Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pie crust (9″ pie) – feel free to cheat and use refrigerated pie crust if you’re in a hurry and sometimes I am
  • 4 very ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 3 slices bacon crumbled
  • 3 TBSP cream cheese or mayonnaise*
  • 1 tsp dried basil, divided -If you have fresh, use a small handfull and cut into a chiffonade -fancy word meaning thin raggy strips
  • salt/pepper to taste

*It absolutely must be mayonnaise, not low-fat and for the love of all that is holy not miracle whip

Tomato Pie Recipe Instructions

Core each tomato. This is simply a matter of removing the hard area around the stem. Cut each tomato in half through the equator. Use your finger to scoop the seeds out and into the trash or sink. Then slice each tomato. Place the sliced tomatoes in a colander over a large bowl or the sink, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Allow this to sit while preparing the other ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 425F. Slice the onion very thinly. No, thinner. No, thinner still, we want the Calista Flockhart of onions.

In a bowl combine the cheese, bacon, and 3TBSP mayo. Mix thoroughly.

tomato layerCarefully lay the bottom pie crust in a 9″ pie plate. Arrange a layer of tomatoes, sprinkle with half the sliced onion and 1/2 tsp dried basil.

Repeat the first layer with the remaining tomatoes, onion, and basil.

Top with cheese mixture. Add the second crust, seal the edges, and cut slits in the top.

Use water to glue on any decorative touches.

Use water to glue on any decorative touches.

Tomato PieBake for 45 minutes, checking after 30. Use the foil trick from the pie crust recipe to protect the edges of the crust.

Allow the pie to cool for 10 minutes (at least) on a wire rack. If you can wait longer to slice the pie, the cheese won’t be as runny.

We look at each other and say, but we LIKE the cheese to be runny.


***Submitted to: Mouthwatering Mondays***


  1. Blogarita says

    I gots ta try this. I think I made something like it years (and years) ago, and I remember it was very good, but I lost the recipe.

  2. says

    I don’t know if it is being pregnant or the fact that I was starving when I made this pie, but I swear it was summer on a plate.

    If you make your own pie crust, it’s frugal, too.

  3. HeatherG says

    OK, don’t freak out on me, but could I use canned tomatoes, and if so, how many cans/cups of tomatoes would I need? But I promise, I’ll look for some good garden tomatoes to use.

  4. says

    I made this tonight. Yum!

    –I have leftovers. What’s the best way to store it?
    –My pie was really, really juicy at the bottom. There’s a lot of liquid in the bottom of the pie pan. Did I do something wrong? The onion I used had been in the freezer, so I wonder if I didn’t let it thaw long enough….
    –Is there an easy way to modify this recipe to include ground beef?

  5. Divakitty says

    I am pie crust retarded!! Help me!
    And I want to use lard &/or butter for it, it’s supposed to make the best crust! but my last attempt was just Bad.

  6. Ariana says

    My stepmom’s kids (they’re very country) have been safeguarding this recipe n taunting us ‘city-folk’ with it. Imagine when they show up to find one already waiting! Thanx for the ‘secret weapon’!

  7. Shanele says

    Fresh basil does wonders for this pie. There used to be a restaurant in Charleston called the Park Circle Grille that served this. Unfortunately, they have closed down. I got the recipe from the owners before they shut their doors. Very similiar to this one. It’s so good!! Makes me want one now! :)

  8. Elena says

    it’s been quite some time since this post, but I thought I’d throw this in the mix anyway as it’s delicious AND frugal–Bacon Salt. Yep. Sprinkle a little (to taste) over the slices of tomatoes & onions, and I use fresh basil as it’s growing outside in my container gardens. I love the taste of bacon, but hate cooking it and cleaning up after it. Bacon salt is a great alternative and good on many other things as well, like fresh steamed spring asparagus (drools)
    here’s the link to the site:

  9. Gary says

    Paula Deen???? Where did you get that? I don’t think so. Tomato Pie is an old, old recipe as old as the South.

  10. says

    so I printed this recipe when you first posted it two years ago, and never got around to trying it–a lot because I never had good tomatoes.

    yesterday we had some home-grown tomatoes and I finally got ambitious–even attempted my own pie crust for the first time in my life. and…


    that’s all. now I’m drooling and I might just have to go get a leftover piece.

  11. Patti says

    Stono Market is a vegetable market and restaraunt on Jones Island near Charleston, SC. They have a fantastic tomato pie. They serve a lunch of delicious, fresh, southern vegetables. It is a vegetable market, so don't go for the atmosphere!

  12. says

    Yes, I have to agree that when I think of pie, I think of savory. Steak, chicken, pork, even vegetable. This pie looks really delicious, and I think I'll have to have a go at this one.

  13. Mary says

    This pie did not come from Paula Dean. My GrandMother used to may a simular pie back in the 1960's here in Tennessee.

  14. Rachel W. says

    Tomato Pie seems to have a long and varied pedigree; Laurie Colwin has it in "More Home Cooking" with a biscuit crust and the option of using canned tomatoes off season.

  15. James says

    Tomatoe pie has italian-american roots related to Sicilian pizza. The earliest documented was in Trenton New Jersey 1910. It does seem paula Dean has her own version which is fine.

  16. says

    I'm just coming back this summer, because it is tomato (pie) season, to say (again) that I love you forever for introducing me to this pie. it *really is* smack your granny good. just don't tell my granny I said that.

  17. Vivienne. says

    I just made this tonight (I have a current over-abundance of tomatoes.). It was too juicy (and therefore soggy), but very yummy! And it was quick to put together as I cheated using pre-made pastry.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'd never heard of tomato pie before.
    Vivienne (Australia)

    • says

      I'm sorry yours was soggy. I occasionally, if the tomatoes are exceptionally juicy, set them on a floursack towel after seeding, slicing, and salting. This soaks up some of the extra juice.
      Thank you for letting me know how yours turned out.

  18. Tracy says

    Make SURE you drain the tomatoes in a collander before adding them to your pie crust, and if needed dab them with paper towels. No more soggy pie!

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