Get ready for a taste of summer in the South with our Southern Tomato Pie recipe. This simple, down-home dish is all about fresh, juicy tomatoes, a flaky pie crust, and a cheesy, creamy filling that's the perfect comfort food.
Southern Tomato Pie is a classic summer recipe featuring layers of ripe, juicy tomatoes layered in a pie crust with a rich, creamy filling with cheese and herbs. It is also known as Kentucky Tomato Pie, Alabama Tomato Pie, or Amish Tomato Pie.
It's a beloved Southern recipe that captures the essence of summertime tomato season, offering a perfect blend of tangy, savory, and buttery flavors in every bite. Whether served as a side dish or a standalone treat, it's a taste of the South that's hard to resist.
Why I love this recipe
- it's a great way to use all of those ripe summer tomatoes from the garden
- this savory pie makes a great brunch, light dinner, or side dish for a heartier main course
- tomatoes - roma tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes are hearty and won't cause the crust to be soggy from too much liquid
- pie crust - store-bought crust or homemade pie crust
- mayonnaise - any kind will do but most Southerners (like me) prefer Duke's brand mayonnaise
- cheese - mozzarella and cheddar cheeses
- seasonings - salt and pepper, garlic, fresh basil, and green onions perfect the flavor of the pie
Step by step
- Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Slice the tomatoes and place in a single layer on the paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes to draw out the tomato juices.
- Blot the tomato slices dry with additional paper towels.
- Roll out the pie crust and place in a pie plate. Crimp the edges and poke holes in the bottom with the tines of a fork. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- While the crust bakes, mix basil, green onion, and garlic. In a separate bowl combine the cheeses, mayonnaise, and pepper.
- After baking the crust layer half of the tomatoes in the bottom of the crust followed by half of the basil mixture. Repeat with the remaining tomatoes and basil-onion mixture. Top with the cheese mixture.
- Reduce the oven heat and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is a light golden brown. Allow to rest at least 10 minutes before slicing.
- use other fresh herbs from the garden: thyme, rosemary, parsley, dill, or chives all pair well with tomatoes
- add cooked and crumbled bacon to the tomato layers
- make it an "heirloom pie" by using heirloom tomatoes instead of more traditional varieties
- switch up the cheeses: swiss, gruyere, parmesan cheese, gouda, Monterey jack, or colby jack are all great options
- add a boost of flavor by adding garlic powder or Dijon mustard to the mayonnaise and cheese mixture
This pie can be served as the main dish along with a simple side salad or with sides like Southern-style green beans, corn salad, fried green tomatoes, creamed corn, or collard greens. It's also great as a side for pulled pork, fried chicken, or a Low Country boil.
Do you eat Southern tomato pie warm or cold?
You can eat tomato pie warm, room temperature, or chilled. It tastes delicious at any temperature!
This pie is best eaten the same day it is prepared as the crust will get soggy as it sits.
If you do have leftovers store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 325 degrees until heated through, about 20 minutes.
I do not recommend freezing tomato pie.
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Savory Southern Tomato Pie is made with ripe, juicy tomatoes and a creamy, cheesy filling nestled in a flaky crust.
- 1 unbaked pie crust
- 4-5 tomatoes, sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped (about ¼ cup)
- ½ cup chopped green onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 296
- Sugar: 2 g
- Sodium: 604.7 mg
- Fat: 22.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 15.2 g
- Fiber: 1.4 g
- Protein: 8 g
- Cholesterol: 22 mg
Keywords: Southern Tomato Pie