Mick Telkamp

Mick Telkamp

Tomato Pie
Tomato pie makes great use of tomatoes and basil straight from the garden

I’m always on the lookout for recipes that make good use of my home grown crops. So when I relocated from Ohio to North Carolina seven years ago, I immersed myself in the joys of Southern cuisine. The options were legion. Pickled okra, fried pickles, properly cooked collards...the list goes on. Although I first heard about tomato pie not from a seasoned local, but rather in an NPR interview with a woman from Massachusetts, this summer recipe has southern cooking written all over it. I was on board, soon hooked, and a summer tradition was born.


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Seasonal tomatoes, Vidalia onions, fresh basil, bacon and a topping of mayonnaise blended with shredded cheese, this dish is decadent without apology, but still manages to capture the bright, fresh flavors of the garden.

Not convinced? For the uninitiated, that layer of mayonnaise and cheese may sound a little daunting. Believe me, I get it. Once cooked, though, it is barely recognizable as the egg and oil that comprise mayonnaise merge with gooey cheese into a golden goodness that will make you a believer.

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Although hothouse tomatoes are available all year long, tomato pie is strictly a summer treat at my place. Using home grown tomatoes and freshly picked basil, tomato pie is the taste of summer. As the garden begins to yield, my friends don’t ask it the tomatoes have ripened. They ask, “Is it tomato pie time yet?”

I faced some blight issues with my tomato plants this year, but thankfully, there are still plenty of tomatoes in the garden, prime for the picking. Indeed, my friends, tomato pie time has arrived and summer is officially upon us.

Grab a fork.

Tomato Pie

  • 1 nine inch pie shell
  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 slices bacon,cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

Blind bake (pre-bake) pie shell in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Slice tomatoes and place on a wire rack.

Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and let rest 10 minutes.

Layer tomatoes, bacon, onion and basil in pie shell.

Stir pepper, cheddar cheese and mayonnaise together to fully combine.

Spread combined cheese/mayo in an even layer on top of tomatoes.

Sprinkle panko evenly over top of pie.

Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

9 Comments About this Article

  • Barb Feggestad
    This will be a big hit with my family & myself! We all LOVE tomatoes & this sounds close to a BLT! Soon as I can pick some tomatos The pie will appear! (I just might top it all off with some crisp lettuce leaves chopped up)! I can't wait! Thanks for this recipe! Barb

    Posted 1 year ago

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  • Georgie Fixit
    So yummy!

    Posted 1 year ago

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  • Mattie Smith
    The first time I try a tomato pie I fell in love with the taste of basil and tomato mix together and that a great taste you will not forget since then I wanted to be able to make my own and my husband love it too.thank you so much for the recipe.

    Posted 1 year ago

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  • HGTVMallory
    There are few things I enjoy more in this world that a simple tomato and basil bruschetta. It's a flavor combination made in heaven.

    Posted 1 year ago

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  • Linda Kay Dahlquist
    One of the very best summer delights I have made. Yum! It took some time to prepare, but I love making my own pie crust which adds to the flavor, and what a combination for my Basil and Tomatoes. Thank you for one of our now Favorites.

    Posted 4 months ago

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  • Mick Telkamp
    So glad you enjoyed it, Linda! I won't say tomato pie is the only reason I grow tomatoes, but when they start to ripen on the vine, I make darn sure I have the ingredients on hand.

    Posted 4 months ago

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  • TheSp8
    It is in the oven as I type. I am wondering about something, I only got about half the 1.5 lbs of tomatoes in the pie. How much do you trim your tomatoes? I'm looking forward to it though as I used heirloom tomatoes and homemade bacon.

    Posted 4 months ago

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  • HGTVMallory
    Homemade bacon?? Tell me more...

    Posted 4 months ago

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  • Mick Telkamp
    Hi, TheSp8. I slice them as thin as I can and pile high to have a nice dense layer of tomatoes. Got to love homemade bacon. I think you may win the summer!

    Posted 4 months ago

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