Layered Tomato Pie

Layered Tomato Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 heaped teaspoon sugar
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (for the pie crust)
  • 3-4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter (for caramelizing the onions)
  • 4-5 tomatoes, roughly chopped to 1/2'' pieces
  • handful basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack (you can use any combination of cheese you like)
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (like Tabasco)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12oz uncured bacon (could be smoked or non smoked. Any bacon will taste great in our opinion)

Note

You can easily make this pie with a store bought shell and opt out of bacon to make it a vegetarian dish.

Directions

Step 1
sugar flour mix for crust
For the pie crust, mix the flour with the salt and sugar.
Step 2
butter flour mix for pie crust
Add the butter and water in batches. You can use a mixer or use your hands. Work the dough until the ingredients are blended but don't over mix. Shape the dough into a disc, and cool in the fridge for approximately an hour. After an hour the dough is ready to roll. Spread flour on your working surface. Flatten the dough to fit a 9'' baking dish. Place the dough snuggly into the dish.
Step 3
Pre heat the gas oven to 350F degrees. It will take roughly 25-30 minutes to reach the desired temperature.

Pre heat the Griddle Plate over the two 11,000 BTU burners for even heat. This will take 10-15 minutes.

In the meantime, melt two tablespoons butter. Add the chopped onion. Caramelize the onions, stirring them frequently for 10-15 minutes on low heat, until nicely browned but not burned.
Step 4
bacon cooked on splatter guard
When the Griddle Plate is ready, place the bacon and cook until crispy (careful not to burn it).

Place the cooked bacon on a plate covered with a paper towel and allow it to drain from any excess grease.
Step 5
chopped tomatoes
Place the tomatoes in a colander, over a bowl. Squeeze the moisture out of the tomatoes by pressing on them with a paper towel. Discard the juice.

Mix the two kinds of cheese in a bowl.
Mix the mayo with the hot sauce.

I used one cup of the cheese mixture by itself and one cup of the cheese blend, mixed with the mayo and hot sauce.
Step 6
holding the tomato pie
Layer the ingredients on the pie crust in stages. Use any order you like.

Here is what I did:
1. Caramelized onions
2. Bacon
3. Tomato & basil
4. Cheese mixture (with no mayo & hot sauce)
5. Bacon
6. Cheese mixture (with the mayo and hot sauce)
7. Tomato & basil

Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes, until browned and bubbly.
Step 7
pie in the oven
This pie is great with a side of green salad and a bottle of dry crisp white wine or a rose. Enjoy indoors or outdoors!