I have been striving my hand at creating tomato pies, yet another late summertime staple to provide as an appetizer, light-weight lunch or meal entree.
I have not still perfected it. It probably will in no way be a signature dish for me, like it was for my late close friend and previous fellow columnist Roy H. Odom II.
Roy experienced shared a beloved recipe with a lot of buddies, and his personal handmade tomato pies with even extra. My attempts at Roy’s recipe, which phone calls for thick-sliced, ripe, heirloom fruits, have turned out delicious, but runnier than I might like. I suspect it will consider a ton of demo and error, especially on the “pat slices dry to take away excess moisture” step.
Additional a short while ago, my maternal cousin Richard Wallen began telling Mom he’d a short while ago started generating tomato pies that were being turning out downright delicious. Richard’s sister, cousin Cathy Walton, also has been earning tomato pies making use of the identical recipe as Richard.
I have gotten closer to what I believe of as proper density for tomato pie with this recipe my cousins have been getting delicious. Mother and I share that evaluation. We weren’t amazed to find out where by Richard uncovered the recipe final month. It was featured in the August version of Cooperative Dwelling Magazine, released by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Affiliation of Electrical Cooperatives.
Rising up with roots in Lee County, Va., I have long been familiar with the journal mainly because it is dispersed to users of the Powell Valley Electrical Cooperative. But anyone can subscribe for $10 a 12 months. Mother let her subscription lapse numerous decades ago. Cooperative Living’s written content is obtainable online (this month’s recipes are apple-themed), but I am heading to re-subscribe.
The recipe for “Clean Tomato Pie” in the August challenge of Cooperative Living was submitted to the journal by reader Wendy Lankford, Purple Oak, Va. It is in reality delicious and downright mouth watering. And it can be effortless to make. I reprint it underneath with permission from Cooperative Living.
It is really a lighter model of tomato pie than Roy’s, which consists of a cup of Duke’s mayonnaise and an egg. Lankford’s recipe in Cooperative Dwelling makes use of Caesar salad dressing as a binder. I couldn’t pick one particular in excess of the other. I’m tempted to make every single in a tart pan utilizing a single layer of filling.
I recommend applying 9-inch deep dish pie crusts for both equally recipes. And bake the crust initially in the two scenarios, as specified in the Lankford/Cooperative Living recipe, but not obviously stated in Roy’s. I applied 8-inch deep dish pie crusts and I assume that is just one explanation my pies had been runnier.
Simply because Roy specified “ripe, heirloom” tomatoes, I went to the Kingsport Farmers Industry and expended $8 on numerous purple Cherokee and just one large “pink German.” They had been exceptionally juicy. For the other pie I basically employed crimson Grainger County tomatoes from the grocery retail outlet and per the recipe, sliced them extremely thinly.
Mom and I like white pepper in our cooking and baking and I used it in the two recipes.
Mother will not like sliced onions, so I chopped them the place the recipe phone calls for sliced.