Below are the larger and redder than life ripe tomatoes surrounded by favorite blue and white decor on the kitchen table.
Hail to Francophiles, blog followers and foodies extraordinaire!
Once again it is time to celebrate the joy of preparing a eating a tasty, fresh, locally sourced main dish. I hope you will try it!
The tomatoes are grown here in Watertown; the chives and basil are from our garden, and the lemon is freshly squeezed on the premises. The cheddar went through my Cuisinart.
Even though we live in an almost 200 year old farm house where at least 3 generations of one family were dairy farmers on 60 acres, I did not make the cheese!
We invited five dear friends for lunch “en plain air” today and enjoyed this late summer dish on the porch. I served it with apple sauce from our tree and finished with and elegant carrot cake skillfully prepared by a friend, “Amanda Bakes”.
The weather did not disappoint! It was nearly 70 degrees on October 8th!
Easy recipe follows:
- Make bottom and top pie crust for 9” pan
- 2 pounds fresh tomatoes peeled and sliced thinly.
- Chopped basil land chives to taste – use generous amount.
- 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar grated
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise (fyi- for info on the discovery and naming of mayonnaise, look it up in my book: Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant)
- 2 T. lemon juice
Prepare bottom pie crust in plie plate, layer in the sliced tomatoes. Next layer 1 cup of the grated cheese. Next, sprinkle the basil and chives on top of cheese. Mix the many and lemon juice well with a fork, and pour on top of herbs. Top off with the last 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
Put the top layer of pie crust on last. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes
N.B. If you want to serve it later: after baking, cool, and then store in fridge overnight. The pie can be warmed up the next day just before serving to melt the cheese.
Voila the finished product just out of the oven! The cheese was hot and melty and the herbs fragrant! Enjoy!
Dear Jini, I Just had to reply. As one of the “five dear friends” mentioned in your post let me say that the Tomato Pie ala Chaiwalla Tearoom was c’est magnifique – exceeded only by your warm hospitality and sweet fellowship. And the Amanda Bakes Carrot Cake was the best we’ve ever eaten. Thank you again for inviting us!
Dan (and Vicki)
This tearoom gave me their recipe years ago and, when we recently moved to Southwestern U.S., I could not find the book in which I had written it (Probably still packed). I can’t believe that they still share it. How generous!