Tomato Pie

our kitchen window several times already

It’s summer. And in Mississippi, tomato season is in full swing! My husband planted a good dozen tomato plants this year. About two weeks in, he wasn’t happy with how they looked, so he added a few more. No worries, though, as this yielded the largest amount of this smooth, red fruit since planting.

These lovely, sweet, tart, and juicy edibles are so versatile. Kind of like the apple. You could go to sleep one night naming all that can be made with apples. The tomato has a list just as long.

My husband uses his creative side to do many things, and baking is one of them. That man loves flour. He nibbles on raw biscuit dough and enjoys making biscuits, whole wheat or white. I wrote a blog about his culinary skills in biscuit making here .  The delight of baking is year-round. It ends with his mother’s recipe for  Candy Cane cookies each December. Today’s baking performance…tomato pies. He’s used pie tins before, but today, he made them like biscuits, but separated the tops and bottoms.  For those interested, here is the recipe.


My husband’s Tomato Pies


Tomatoes (1 giants one or several regular)

1/2 cup White Lily SR flour

1/2 cup King Arthur white whole wheat flour

3/4 tsp. salt

slightly less than 1/2 cup canola oil + 3 TBS melted butter


special sauce: 2 TBS mayo, 2 TBS sour cream, dill weed, season salt. Optional-bacon bits

Whisk flour and salt. Cut in oil until mixture is BB size. Add buttermilk until good dough is made. Roll out dough – thin enough for four bottoms & tops(8 pieces) – about 5 inches in diameter. Add tomato slice(s) on each bottom piece. Spread sauce on tomato slices. Put tops on tomatoes. Bake @ 375 until brown. Once out of oven, brush tops with melted butter. Serve hot.

Since the tomatoes were overflowing this week, blanching has been in process so we can freeze them for later use in the year. Did you grow tomatoes this year? Leave a comment  about your experience or one of your recipes below.

Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. Genesis 9:3

Someone said, “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.”

©Valerie Rumfelt

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