Southern Tomato Pie

Contributor: Sam Ellis

Fresh tomatoes are one of the best parts of summer. There are countless ways to use them and Southern Tomato Pie is one delicious way.

  • Author: Sam Ellis
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 4 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 deep dish pie crust
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 10 basil leaves, julienned, about 2 Tbsp
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Lay out sliced tomatoes on paper towels and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes to let the moisture release from the tomatoes.
  3. While the tomatoes are sitting, use a fork to poke holes in the bottom of your pie crust and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine sliced onion and basil.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine cheddar, mozzarella, mayonnaise, garlic powder and remaining 1/2 tsp. of salt.
  6. When the tomatoes and pie crust are done, layer in the following order: tomatoes, onion & basil mixture, tomatoes, onion & basil mixture, cheese mixture, tomatoes.
  7. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F. Bake for 30 minutes. If browning, cover with aluminum foil. Add more time if the cheese needs to melt more.
  8. Slice and serve.