Monday, August 05, 2013
My, My, Tomato Pie
Tomato season is one of my favorite times of the year. It's right up there with Halloween and Thanksgiving. It should actually be a holiday. Because there is never another time during the year when you can purchase tomatoes that taste like candy. EVER. Yeah, yeah, I know you can BUY tomatoes year round. But they taste like crap. During tomato season, they are juicy, sweet, and beautifully colored. They smell like what a tomato should smell like. Add a little salt and pepper and you really could eat vine-ripened tomatoes like an apple.
On a recent trip to the Memphis Farmer's Market, I passed by a stall that had THE MOST GORGEOUS tomatoes in the entire lot. And I'm an asshole because I didn't even take the time to look at what farm they came from. I was too busy being mesmerized by these plump, sexy, redder than red tomatoes. And at $5 for 5 enormous maters, I was sold and my mind immediately started to think about what I was going to do with them.
Tomato Pie. I've been craving tomato pie all Summer long. I've never made a tomato pie. I've never even eaten a tomato pie, if we're not counting pizza here. But I imagined it as a pie with layers of tomatoes and cheese and I thought, how on Earth could this go wrong? So I pulled up a recipe I had been eying and I rushed to the grocery store to buy a pie crust (whatever...don't judge. I had 2 hours before I had to be at work and I wasn't in the mood to make a damn crust from scratch).
And here's what happened!
Here's the recipe.
And here are the changes I made/would make:
1. I bought my crust. But in the future I would make my own. Not that Pillsbury doesn't make a good crust, I just think it would put this dish over the top if it had a homemade crust.
2. I didn't have any fresh thyme, so I just left it out. But I LOVE thyme, so I will definitely use it the next thyme.
3. I added crushed red pepper to the cheese mixture to add a little spice.
4. I think the next time I will add some roasted garlic. Because I think everything is better with garlic.
5. I didn't let my tomatoes sit as long as the recipe said, but it really didn't make much of a difference. My crust wasn't soggy. I think as long as you remove the seeds and dry them good with paper towels, they should be good.
So there you have it. My first tomato pie. Will DEFINITELY not be my last!