Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pie for dinner?

Yes, you can have pie for lunch or dinner and the balanced meal police won't get you.

In Charleston, SC, where it's almost impossible to find a bad meal, they've raised Tomato Pie to an art form. Everyone there has a "best" version, but this one is hard to beat for simple to make and simply delicious to eat. It makes even store-bought tomatoes taste good.

Charleston Tomato Pie
1 pie crust
2 medium onions sauteed in 1Tbs butter until translucent
4 tomatoes sliced
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup mayo
1 1/2 Tbs dried basil
Bake pie crust 5 to 10 minutes as directed on package (What did we do before frozen pie crusts?). Cover bottom of pie with sauteed onions and cover those with sliced tomatoes.
Mix basil, mayo and cheese together and spread over tomatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Note: Let it cool a bit before cutting if you can. You can also cook it almost til done and finish the next day which will make it easier to serve in neat slices.

For additional information on the food and facilities in Charleston,
To read my post on Charleston for Levelers (travelers who prefer or need less strenuous walking and fewer stairs, go to


  1. Good going, Judy. The recipe sounds scrumptious. BTW--have you checked another SATW food writer's blog by Claire Walter?

  2. Sounds simple but delicious, even I could do this! Thanks Judy for sharing an easy recipe that is healthy and a treat to my palate.
    The Event Lady