My garden has been working overtime during the past couple of weeks. I have more zucchini, tomatoes, beans, and peas than I know what to do with! Ok, that’s a lie. I’ve really been enjoying whipping up some new tasty dishes with all of the fresh veggies. Earlier this week, I picked a ton of ripe tomatoes…and so off I went to figure out what to make. Homemade tomato sauce is always an option, but I actually like using canned San Marzano tomatoes, so I nixed that idea. Bruschetta is another great option for fresh tomatoes, so lunches for the past several days have been simple: Italian bread and fresh tomatoes drizzled with good olive oil. But I still had more tomatoes…so that’s where this delicious Garden-Fresh Tomato Pie comes in! After all, how can you go wrong with a dish that includes fresh tomatoes, basil, cheese, and bacon??
You could certainly use a store-bought pie shell for this recipe, but homemade pie dough is not nearly as hard as it sounds! (Check out this Bourbon Sour Cherry Pie post as it includes some notes on making your own pie dough. Just remember: that recipe makes a top and bottom crusted pie, and you only need a bottom for this Garden-Fresh Tomato Pie. Just cut the pie dough ingredients in half and you’ll be good to go. Or make a full batch of dough and freeze half of it for later…it freezes great!) I also chose to bake my pie in a tart-shaped pan, but you could easily use a pie pan if you prefer.
I absolutely love Italian food, so it’s not surprising that this Garden-Fresh Tomato Pie contains several of the key ingredients common to Italian cuisine, namely tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. So if your garden is overflowing with deliciousness (or if tomatoes are on sale at your local market), then get in the kitchen and whip up a pie…a tomato pie!