This year, on top of the usual herbs and random flowers, I grew three different varieties of tomatoes: Pinks, Purples, and Yellow Gooseberries. Needless to say, I have given away a lot of tomatoes as well as eaten the heck out of them. I dread my next Dr. visit when he will fuss at me about my insanely high phosphorous levels, but he should know by now I have no restraint with the tomatoes this time of year.
Fried Green Tomatoes with little Tomato Feta Tortes
(Fast and easy on some WW tortillas!)
3-Tomato Mint Succotash with Fried Okra
(My neighbor grew the okra. Good neighbor!)
A LOT of Guacamole!
(That also includes the jalapenos and cilantro I grew!)
And other stuff that didn't quite make picture status like Tomato Quiche, omelets, wraps, fresh salsa with homemade Naan bread, pizza, tomato gravy with homemade biscuits, fried eggs and tomatoes on toast, eggplant Parmesan, ratatouille,.. I could go on and on. And considering I am pulling about 1/2 a bushel every other day off my measly 14 plants, I am sure that list will grow and grow.
When I knew I was about to be bombarded with tomatoes, I began looking up recipes. The idea of a tomato pie sounded SO good. PIE IS FANTASTIC in any form, but Tomato Pie sounded absolutely like I had to have it or die.
*SCREECHING OF BRAKES*
Absofrigginlutely every Tomato Pie recipe on the internet calls for the most disgusting ingredient known to man. That's right. Somebody somewhere thinks tomatoes would not be positively ruined by mixing mayonnaise into them!*
*I really hate mayo, if you didn't guess. The taste, the sight, the smell, the SOUND of mayo really disgusts me!
Anyway, I hate mayonnaise. And it's EVERYWHERE in The South like people's connective tissues are MADE out of the stuff, so when I come across it unexpectedly in a recipe I get a little bothered about it. You are thinking, if it is everywhere, shouldn't she be expecting it? And yes, maybe, but some things in life you have to block out of your consciousness or you would just lose it. Mayo is one of those things for me. And country music.
I have tried a lot of substitutes like tofu or sour cream or yogurt, etc. and for some reason I just keep tasting tofu, sour cream (which I also don't really care for but can take in small amounts mixed into things), or yogurt. Something MUST be done about this brick mayo wall so I can have Tomato Pie!
So, instead of mixing cheese with mayo, I have mixed cheese with cheese. I really can't understand why someone else didn't think of this first. Cheese ALWAYS goes with cheese.
I am going to tell you up front that I am not even going to pretend I make my own pie shells. I was forced to take 6 weeks of HS Home-Ec until they fixed my schedule and put me back in Art where I belonged, and we made pie shells. Possibly the entire 6 weeks because that's all I remember about it- that and the teacher hated me more than teachers usually hated me but probably because it was obvious that was the last place I wanted to be. Anyway... I do know HOW to make a pie shell- and HAVE in the past when I thought 'hey I want a pie and I don't have a shell and don't want to put my bra back on today', but if I can help it I will buy a frozen pie shell and not apologize for it. (This is not an apology.)
How about a recipe?
|Mmmmmmmm about sums it up!|