A new acquire on an previous favourite: tomato pie | Family

I have been hoping my hand at making tomato pies, yet another late summertime staple to provide as an appetizer, light-weight lunch or dinner entree.

I have not yet perfected it. It possible will under no circumstances be a signature dish for me, like it was for my late pal and former fellow columnist Roy H. Odom II.

Roy had shared a beloved recipe with many friends, and his possess handmade tomato pies with even extra. My tries at Roy’s recipe, which calls for thick-sliced, ripe, heirloom fruits, have turned out tasty, but runnier than I might like. I suspect it will choose a good deal of demo and mistake, primarily on the “pat slices dry to clear away extra moisture” action.

Far more just lately, my maternal cousin Richard Wallen commenced telling Mom he’d not too long ago began earning tomato pies that were being turning out downright tasty. Richard’s sister, cousin Cathy Walton, also has been generating tomato pies working with the same recipe as Richard.

I have gotten closer to what I assume of as proper density for tomato pie with this recipe my cousins have been finding tasty. Mom and I share that assessment. We were not shocked to locate out where Richard found the recipe previous month. It was showcased in the August edition of Cooperative Living Journal, printed by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.

Rising up with roots in Lee County, Va., I have extended been familiar with the magazine simply because it is dispersed to customers of the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative. But anyone can subscribe for $10 a calendar year. Mom permit her membership lapse numerous years in the past. Cooperative Living’s content is available on the web (this month’s recipes are apple-themed), but I’m going to re-subscribe.

The recipe for “Fresh Tomato Pie” in the August problem of Cooperative Residing was submitted to the magazine by reader Wendy Lankford, Crimson Oak, Va. It is in simple fact tasty and downright delicious. And it is simple to make. I reprint it beneath with permission from Cooperative Residing.

It can be a lighter variation of tomato pie than Roy’s, which incorporates a cup of Duke’s mayonnaise and an egg. Lankford’s recipe in Cooperative Dwelling works by using Caesar salad dressing as a binder. I could not pick 1 around the other. I am tempted to make each in a tart pan employing a single layer of filling.


I counsel using 9-inch deep dish pie crusts for each recipes. And bake the crust 1st in the two situations, as specified in the Lankford/Cooperative Living recipe, but not plainly said in Roy’s. I utilized 8-inch deep dish pie crusts and I believe that is 1 explanation my pies were being runnier.

Mainly because Roy specified “ripe, heirloom” tomatoes, I went to the Kingsport Farmers Market place and used $8 on various purple Cherokee and 1 massive “pink German.” They were being incredibly juicy. For the other pie I just employed purple Grainger County tomatoes from the grocery shop and for every the recipe, sliced them incredibly thinly.

Mother and I prefer white pepper in our cooking and baking and I utilized it in each recipes.

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