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Easy Baked Tomato Pie Recipe - How to Use Up Extra Tomatoes

Updated on August 5, 2014

Aw, Glorious Tomatoes!

Different kinds and types of tomatoes I collected one summer.
Different kinds and types of tomatoes I collected one summer. | Source

How to Use Surplus Tomatoes

So it has been a long summer, and you have had tomatoes coming out your ears. You've enjoyed your tomato slices, tomato sandwiches, garden salads, and any other tomato dishes you could come up with. You could freeze or can those extra tomatoes and use them in recipes later--and you just might. But another recipe you may not have thought of is tomato pie? Have you ever had tomato pie? My sister-in-law recently brought one of these over, and I was again reminded of how delicious this dish is.

Tomato pie is easy to make, and the ingredients can be varied. Recently, I had a lot of extra tomatoes--that I had grown or bought, plus more that my mom gave me from her well-producing garden. It was time to make my own tomato pies.


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Cut tomato in half and squeeze out much of excess juice. Use as many chopped tomatoes as you want!Drain juice from chopped tomatoes.
Cut tomato in half and squeeze out much of excess juice.
Cut tomato in half and squeeze out much of excess juice. | Source
Use as many chopped tomatoes as you want!
Use as many chopped tomatoes as you want! | Source
Drain juice from chopped tomatoes.
Drain juice from chopped tomatoes. | Source

Cook Time for Tomato Pie

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 6 people 1/6th of tomato pie

Ingredients

  • 1 pie shell, frozen or homemade ( I use frozen.)
  • 3 cups tomatoes, chopped and drained
  • 1 tsp. mustard, honey mustard or Dijon
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Italian Seasoning, sprinkled liberally
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Pepper Jack, Cheddar, or other cheese, shredded
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Cook crust for five minutes.Dab some Dijon mustard on crust and spread.
Cook crust for five minutes.
Cook crust for five minutes. | Source
Dab some Dijon mustard on crust and spread.
Dab some Dijon mustard on crust and spread. | Source
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Add tomatoes and seasonings to pie.Add choices of cheese--lots of cheese!
Add tomatoes and seasonings to pie.
Add tomatoes and seasonings to pie. | Source
Add choices of cheese--lots of cheese!
Add choices of cheese--lots of cheese! | Source

Instructions for Easy Tomato Pie

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Prick bottom of thawed crust here and there with fork to prevent the crust from rising during baking. Cook pie crust in oven for five minutes. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees.
  2. In the meantime, slice tomatoes in half before chopping. Squeeze out some of juice before chopping. Place chopped tomatoes in strainer and shake around. Let tomatoes set for 5 to 10 minutes before shaking again. You should see quite a bit of juice coming out. If the tomatoes are still pretty juicy, use a paper towel to take off more moisture. If tomatoes are too juicy, crust will turn out soggy.
  3. Spread mustard on bottom of semi-baked pie shell. Adds flavor!
  4. Pour in chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add generous sprinkles of Italian Seasoning.
  5. Shred 1 cup cheese and add on top.
  6. Bake in 350 oven for 30 minutes or until crust is browned, tomatoes are cooked, and cheese is melted.
  7. Try to keep out of the pie until it sets for a bit!

Voila! Freshly baked Tomato Pie!

This tomato pie was so tasty!
This tomato pie was so tasty! | Source

Tomato Pie with store-bought pie crust, 3 cups tomatoes,and 1 cup cheddar cheese (also contains 266 mg sodium)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/6th of pie
Calories 204
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Unsaturated fat 6 g
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 20 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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4.5 stars from 6 ratings of Easy Tomato Pie

Optional Ingredients for Tomato Pie

Additional Ingredients that could be added to this already delicious are green or yellow bell peppers, sliced thinly. You could also add crumbled bacon, even turkey bacon. Try an Italian Tomato Pie by adding pepperonis in before cooking. Yummy! Be creative. Top with sliced fresh mushrooms for an interesting combination.

Switch out Cheddar cheese for American, Swiss, or Monterey Jack. Pepper Jack adds some nice spice, as does a mixture of Italian or Mexican cheeses.

Perhaps you'll come up with your own optional ingredients for tomato pie. The original recipe is such a simple delight, though, so you may not want to add too much to it.


Tomato Pie for Winter?

I'm going to miss my tomato pie once summer and loads of garden tomatoes are no longer around. One option to continue to enjoy tomato pie in the winter is to freeze your tomatoes and bring them out later.

I've also found that store-bought tomatoes taste much better cooked than when eaten fresh. Cooking them gives them more flavor. I've used tomatoes in the wintertime in pasta sauces and stews and as toppings on pizza. I have a feeling that store-bought tomatoes will do well in a tomato pie this winter. Of course, they may not have the zing of fresh garden tomatoes, but I think they will be surprisingly good. I love tomato pie, so I'm willing to give it a try!

I don't mind the tomato skins, but some people like to take them off. Here's how to peel them:

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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Vellur! I love tomato pie!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      I love tomatoes and this is a great recipe. The tomato peeling video is very useful. Voted up.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love it, Susan. I had never done it before until my sister-in-law told me about it. I love it. It's even good in the winter with store-bought tomatoes. Cooking them seems to bring out the flavor.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tomato Pie ... have never heard of it until now. What a great pie idea! Will have to try this soon.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hypenbird--I'm sure vegan cheese would work great! I'd be curious, too, to see your favorite tomato recipe. We could link ours together!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yummy! Tomatoes are a wonder food, full of healthful nutrition and delicious at the same time. I was thinking of posting a favorite tomato recipe. Your pie looks so good though that I might make it instead. I am going to try it with vegan cheese and see if that works out. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      vespawoolf--If you try it, I bet you'll love it!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cardisa--It is so delicious. Good to see you! Take care.

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      This sounds like a versatile basic recipe and a great way to use up extra tomatoes. I especially like the idea of your italian variation. Voted up!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, random! It is a great way to use up tomatoes for sure. It's really tasty!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      I love tomatoes and never thought they could make a pie before. This is a great idea. Tomato and cheese are classic combinations.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This looks delicious and perfect for the summer! What a great unique option for using some of the tomatoes from an extra large crop.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--Yes, once a person tries it, YUMMY! Perhaps you should share your recipe version! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Victoria, I have a tomato pie recipe similar to this and my hubby loves it. It's one of those things that people wonder about on the taste but after they have tried it -- they love it! Great recipe suggestion.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's right, WillStarr! Hope you even try it!

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      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I can no longer say I've never heard of a tomato pie!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      JenCary--Try it! Make several pies at once!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TT--Your hubby is crazy! heehee. If you like tomatoes, you will love tomato pie!

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      JenCary 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I've never heard of a tomato pie, but this is a great solution to all of those tomatoes my garden has been producing! I never know what to do with all of them and eventually they go bad. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Try it, Angela. I be you'll love it! You can add even more recipes than the recipe calls for if you like.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Very interesting recipe, Victoria. I don't think I could get my guys to eat this. Hubby hates tomatoes. :( I might have to try it when he's out of town or it's just me and the kid for lunch. :) VUM!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lezsaysit--It IS delicious! Try it!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      It is wonderful, Audrey! Good to see you!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lord--LOL. Gizmo loves tomatoes but keeps away from the hot peppers! hahaha. But you can add all you want. I'm sure it would be great!

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Having never heard of tomato pie this one is a true eye-opener -- and I intend to give it a try. I don't have a garden this year but my generous neighbors have overwhelmed me with tomatoes -- thanks for turning me on to this recipe. Best/Sis

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      lezsaysit 

      6 years ago from New York, NY

      This sounds delicious!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      This looks wonderful!!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      I don't know if Gizmo would agree with me and add my habaneros and jalapenos for a tasting firezoner. Great article, and you are becoming our foodnetwork guru. I need water...! My salsa fired my inspirations!

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