Tomato Pie, Oh My! Why It's Actually the Best Thing You'll Eat This Summer
How do you make juicy summer-ripe tomatoes taste even better? Slice 'em thin and layer with fresh herbs, (Duke's!) mayo, and plenty of ooey-gooey cheese, and then bake just until the kitchen smells like, well, the best thing you'll eat this summer.
Tomato pie is a summer Southern classic. All across the Southeast, when the sun begins to bake the earth, every proper Southern homemaker bakes a tomato pie. Tomatoes are so plentiful this time of year - bursting red in backyard gardens and mounding on farmer's market tables - and they couldn’t be more delicious. In the south, we embrace our local tomato bounty in a variety of ways; in soups, salads and veggie sides, as well as the simple but celebrated favorite known as the Tomato and Mayo Sandwich.
Tomato pie is another beautifully simple dish. When it’s this hot outside, no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen. Instead, all you have to do is slice into the best tomatoes in the garden (the ones that are so fragrant and warm that it’s all you can do to save them for the pie) layer them into a pie shell with cheese, mayonnaise, and a little flair of basil, and pop the pie in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and the smell of the tomatoes and buttery crust drives you fit to crazy.
Tomato Pie served at the the James Beard House in the summer of 2016.
Not to brag, but our tomato pie is something special. Our culinary director, Chef Seth Freedman, is a 2016 Georgia Grown Executive Chef (!!) and he took this pie with him to the James Beard House. This humble tomato pie was part of a multi-course Georgia Grown meal served in NYC to guests like Gary Black, the Georgia Agriculture Commissioner.
The PeachDish tomato pie is also unique because it is cooked with Vidalia Onions. Vidalias only grow in Georgia, so Chef Seth thought it would be the perfect way to showcase how wonderful our local agriculture is. Plus, summer tomatoes and Vidalia Onions together just make sense—both are almost candy-sweet this time of year and make this pie nothing less than absolutely craveable.
Finally, for the Georgia crème de la crème, the bright, juicy tomatoes and sweet, crunchy onions are balanced by a Georgia Grown melting cheese. This sheep’s cheese is made from skim milk and tastes buttery, earthy, and fresh, making it the perfect addition to a summer dish.
Cravings driving you crazy yet? No worries; you can get your own Tomato Pie with Vidalia Onion and Herbed Chicken Breast meal kit delivered through late July. Chop chop, y'all - you don't wanna miss out on this!