I was totally “wow’ed” when my Italian-Southern tomato pie WON FIRST PLACE at Southern Season (gourmet grocery store and cooking school) in Charleston, South Carolina in July, 2014! One of the judges was Nathalie Dupree, the queen of Southern cooking! The judge’s said that it was a tough competition too!
Here’s the link to the announcement on the web:
Italian Cheesy Tomato Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust
With fresh, home-grown tomato season in full gear, we’ve been harvesting tomatoes by the bushel on a daily basis (that is my husband has done it all lately).
OK, I admit, I do over-plant!
Because you just never know how many plants will make it this far into the summer in these intensely hot last few months.
I just finished canning 21 half pints of salsa, plus we’ve enjoyed oodles of BLT’s (bacon, lettuce, and tomato) sammies, and Caprese salad appetizers. I even tried an Italian Rustic Pie last month for some alfresco lunches, that was very tasty.
So what’s next with all of these tomatoes?
Gazpacho? Nah, made that last summer for my mom, and although it was quite good, it’s not my favorite soup and my husband won’t even touch it.
Tomato Basil Bisque? Sure, I’ll make another batch of this incredible soup for those days when we need a good soup to warm the bones.
Marinara sauce? Yup, that’s on the schedule to can or freeze for the winter!
Making this decision is not a big deal because the amount of recipes to use these gorgeous red orbs is as endless as my harvest of tomatoes. So I ultimately decided to create my own ooey, gooey, cheesy version of an Italian flavored tomato pie: Italian Cheesy Tomato Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust!
Instead of a store-bought pie crust, I used a ‘buttermilk biscuit’ pie crust. Heavenly bliss began right there in that crust! The crust was perfect, light, and flaky! I chose to amp up the crust a bit by adding a teaspoon of dried Italian seasonings. Mmmm, it truly made a nice difference!
This recipe is so fabulous that it’s the only tomato pie that I’ll ever make again. And that’s a serious statement!
Two of my readers made this Italian tomato pie in July, 2014 and this is what one of them told me on FaceBook:
“Ridiculous! I can’t think of any other word to describe how absolutely delicious this Tomato Pie was. No wonder you won Southern Seasons Tomato Pie Contest with your recipe. My husband and I loved it, and there’s only one little piece left out of a 9″ pie for a little more loving tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your recipe, Roz; this one is definitely a keeper! 5 layers of ooey, gooey ridiculousness!”