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Southern Tomato Pie
Recipe sent to me by Mary Liz Watson, one of our own assistant farmers. She has enjoyed it all of her life and uses one from myrecipes.com for guidance.
Crust:
2 1/4 cups self-rising soft wheat flour
1 cup cold butter, cut up
8 slices cooked bacon, cut up
3/4 cup sour cream
Filling:
2 3/4 pounds assorted large tomatoes, divided
2 teaspoons Kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 cups freshly grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmagiao- Reggiano
1/2 cup mayonnaise - Mary Liz usually uses sour cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons fresh dill sprigs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (I added some garlic scapes that I had frozen)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 green onion, thinly sliced (I chopped up a whole bunch of scallions)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons plain yellow cornmeal (I didn't use this)
Prepare Crust: Place flour in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer; cut in cold butter with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles small peas. Chill 10 minutes.
Add bacon to flour mixture; beat at low speed just until combined. Gradually add sour cream, 1/4 cup at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
Spoon mixture onto a heavily floured surface; sprinkle lightly with flour, and knead 3 or 4 times, adding more flour as needed. Roll to a 13-inch round. Gently place dough in a 9-inch fluted tart pan with 2-inch sides and a removable bottom. Press dough into pan; trim off excess dough along edges. Chill 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare Filling: Cut 2 lb. tomatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and remove seeds. Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt. Let stand 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425°. Stir together Cheddar cheese, next 10 ingredients, and remaining 1 tsp. salt in a large bowl until combined.
Pat tomato slices dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle cornmeal over bottom of crust. Lightly spread 1/2 cup cheese mixture onto crust; layer with half of tomato slices in slightly overlapping rows. Spread with 1/2 cup cheese mixture. Repeat layers, using remaining tomato slices and cheese mixture. Cut remaining 3/4 lb. tomatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and arrange on top of pie.
Bake at 425° for 40 to 45 minutes, shielding edges with foil during last 20 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 1 to 2 hours before serving.