A Better Tomato Pie

As we’ve been harvesting more tomatoes lately, I was hungering for a good tomato pie.  Last summer I posted a recipe for tomato pie that I got from  a friend of mine.   Last week another friend shared her recipe for tomato pie over on her Face Book page.  It sounded amazing!  I did a little experimenting and ended up with a combination of the two recipes.  It was yummy!!

1 9-inch pie shell, baked

6-7 medium tomatoes, sliced thinly and patted dry (I dehydrated mine for 2 hours.)

salt and pepper to taste

8 slices of bacon, fried crisp, crumbled, and divided

7-8 slices Swiss cheese

4 tbsp chopped, fresh basil

3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 c. mayonnaise

1/2 c. crushed crackers (I used store-brand of Ritz.)

Place half of the dried tomato slices over the crust bottom and up the sides. sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with about 1/3  the bacon bits and about half of the chopped basil.  Layer Swiss cheese over the bacon and basil.  Repeat layers. Combine Parmesan cheese with the mayonnaise, stirring well. Spread over the top. Sprinkle crushed crackers on top of the mayonnaise mixture. Top with remaining bacon.

Bake uncovered at 350* for about 30 minutes.  Serve hot.

Pesto

With all the rain we have been getting this spring and summer, my herb garden is really thriving!  We’ve gotten just enough sunshine in between the rain showers to keep the herbs a lovely deep green.  However, they are growing so fast that they are just about to go to seed, since I haven’t been using as much fresh as I should have been.

I came across the idea of making pesto in the local paper a few weeks ago.  It sounded pretty good, and I knew getting 2 cups of fresh basil would not be a problem!  I served it with angel hair pasta and oven-roasted veggies.

2 c. packed basil leaves

2 garlic cloves

salt to taste (begin with 1/2 tsp.)

1/4 c. toasted pine nuts or chopped walnuts

1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

6 tbsp. olive oil

In a large food processor, chop the basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmesan cheese until diced.  Add salt and oil and mix until smooth.

Stir into cooked angel hair pasta with oven roasted tomatoes and peppers!

For more ideas, follow this link: http://busycooks.about.com/od/recipesbyingredient/tp/waystousepesto.htm