Tomatoes, Galore

I know it’s summer when I find any excuse to slip tomatoes into our meal.  Once you’ve had great, fresh, local tomatoes, you can never buy a grocery store tomato again.  These tomatoes from Crystal Organics Farm are the real deal.

Bright red slicers…


Heirloom tomatoes…


Cherry tomatoes…


Last week we had a tomato overload in the Metcalf house but I didn’t get sick of this seasonal treat.  Here’s what we made:

Quinoa with edamame and cherry tomatoes



IMG_1530And of course the family favorite, tomato pie.  One of the easiest recipes, the key to making this delicious dish is using huge, beautiful, summer tomatoes.  No excuses here.  This is truly a seasonal recipe.  A great centerpiece to a summer meal, I like to serve tomato pie with corn on the cob and a salad.  David likes to eat the leftovers for breakfast.

Tomato Pie…


Tomato Pie:


  • Gluten-free pie crust (I use Whole Foods Bakehouse, but of course you can make your own too)
  • 4 large tomatoes, cut into extra large slices
  • 4 tablespoons Chopped basil
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • S&P
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese



Heat empty pie crust in the oven at 350 degrees.  Remove crust from oven and let cool completely.

Place one layer of tomatoes in the pie crust.  Sprinkle with s&p and add basil and green onions.  Add remaining tomatoes in another layer.  Mix cheddar and mayo in a bowl and spread evenly on top of tomatoes.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until cheese/mayo starts to brown.

(The juicier the tomatoes, the more watery the pie can be.  Don’t be dismayed if it’s not beautiful when you slice and serve the pie.  It’s still delicious!)

IMG_1543Happy Cooking!  What are some of your favorite tomato recipes?

  1. Ruthie says:

    David pointed me towards your website after seeing my food blog off Facebook. Awesome stuff!
    I will definitely tell my fellow culinary school students about your blog.

    My favorite easy summer tomato recipe:
    Slice heirlooms in half (horizontally, along the equator). Arrange sliced face up in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grate orange zest over them and roast til they’re softened through. Super simple, but a great way to highlight the natural flavor of ripe in-season tomatoes. The zest just brightens them up a bit.

    Write on…

  2. Chili T. says:

    Whether they are nestled in a grilled cheese, folded into an omelette, or poised and ready to be eaten like an apple, I LOVE ‘maters. I had never heard of “tomato pie” before, but WOW, that looks amazing…happy cooking, friend!

  3. MSI says:

    SO GLAD you put your tomato pie recipe up… I might have to make it for joel’s work friends tomorrow!!

  4. Betsy says:

    Oh yum, Ruth! That sounds delicious. Thanks for checking out the blog. Feel free to share any other seasonal recipes you may have.

  5. JLAL says:

    YUM. I’m eating lots of delicious tomatoes from my Dad’s garden while I’m home. I’m loving gaspacho with all garden ingredients! Also, today my Dad made mozzarella cheese with dried herbs (from the garden) and stacked it between yellow and red tomatoes with fresh basil on top. Divine.

  6. Betsy says:

    JLal, tell your dad I’m:
    A) jealous of his garden
    B) want to try his GF pizza…maybe next time I’m in B-more.

  7. Abby says:

    Hey Betsy! Abby here, from the library at EHS. I looked up your blog to share with a friend who is looking for gluten-free recipes for her young son, and came across the recipe for Tomato Pie. “Tomato Pie” happens to be my cousin’s nickname for my 9-month-old son (he has a cute onesie with a big tomato on the front!), so I sent her the recipe via Facebook, which my mother saw, and promptly decided she needed to make your recipe. Instead of a cup of mayo, she used non-fat yogurt, and she reports it turned out wonderfully! I told her she now has to make it for us when she visits next weekend. So thank you, in a very roundabout way, for the tomato pie in my near future!! :)

  8. Betsy says:

    Hi Abby! Great to hear from you. Thanks for sharing the blog with friends and family. Did you use plain yogurt? That’s a great idea! (The mayo can be a little heavy.) Hope you’re doing well!

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