Our neighbor’s garden is overflowing with tomatoes, ripe tomatoes that need to be picked or they will rot. I’d start canning them, but it is REALLY hot outside and we live in a 100 year old house…with no central air conditioning. We do have window units, but not in the kitchen. So the idea of boiling water in my kitchen for an extended period of time is not on my list of things I’d like to do.
I pondered the tomatoes for a little bit, but no matter how hard I stared at them I could not will them to tell me what to do with them. Then I remembered that there was a little bakery I had gone to about two years ago that had a tomato pie as a signature menu item. Why not? I rallied the troops and presented them with several recipes I had found online. This is the one that sounded most appealing to us for the filling, but we wanted it in a pizza crust. I also only used large tomatoes given to us from our neighbor…yellow and red, but cherry tomatoes would have been a lovely addition.
I made Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4) for our crust according to package directions. It’s our favorite gluten free pizza crust, but you should use your favorite pizza crust recipe.
I made the filling according to the original recipe.
What you’ll need:
– Pizza dough (homemade or uncooked store bought)
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
– 2 Tbs finely shredded fresh basil leaves
– 7 or 8 ripe tomatoes, cut in half and sliced
– 1 cup of fine bread crumbs (we used gluten free crumbs)
– 1/2 cup coarsely grated fresh mozzarella
– 1/2 cup coarsely grated pecorino or Asiago cheese
1. Prepare pizza dough according to directions.
2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
3. Brush a pie dish with olive oil and spread the pizza crust into it, and brush the top of the dough with olive oil.
4. Put in the oven for approximately 8 minutes, set aside and leave the oven on, but lower the temp to 400 degrees F.
5. In a separate bowl mix the tomatoes with the salt, pepper, garlic, and basil. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
6. Layer tomatoes, cheese, and bread crumbs in the baked pizza crust. We had enough for 3 layers.
7. Put into the 400 degree oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until everything is browned on top.
8. Eat up!
We enjoyed this, but we decided that in the future we would make mini-pies instead of one regular sized pie. We will also add a slice of provolone cheese on top of the filling for an extra layer of cheesy goodness.