Today I felt a little fall in the air, just a little. The weather was cooler, relatively, we attended a Navy football game, winning game I should say, and the tops of the trees in the neighborhood are turning red and orange. I love fall. I feel like I can exhale as I look forward to the next month or two. Apple picking, Halloween, crunchy leaves, pumpkins, mums..so much color and beauty. Is it the ending of something or the beginnings of something? I don’t know but both options signal change and transformation. Everyone needs a transformation every now and again, so embrace it. Enjoy some early fall in my home!
Honestly, I never heard about tomato pie until I lived in the south. Even then, for some reason, it just held no appeal for me…oh boy,was I blind. Finally, after several “suggestions” from Pinterest, I decided to give it a go. Pleasant surprise…despite the simplistic nature of the ingredients, it truly tasted…well, just like a fresh late summer day. Let me give you the recipe!
The usual cast of characters…although I have experimented with some guest ingredients like bacon and corn…
Blind baked pie shell. I typically have several homemade pie crusts in the freezer, but store bought is fine…no judgment
1/2 to 1 cup fresh chopped basil, extra points if you grow your own
5-6 freshly chopped tomatoes with the juice squeezed out….I save and freeze the juice to use in stocks and broths
1/2 cup mayonnaise…I use full fat, I assume reduced fat would work, if you try it let me know.
2 cups chopped and shredded cheese…I use whatever I have on hand, for this pie I used cubed mozzarella and shredded cheddar.
A few dashes of hot sauce and a sprinkling of sea salt
Easy peasy steps
Placed juiced tomatoes in blind baked crust
Sprinkle chopped basil and sea salt on juiced tomatoes
Mix mayonnaise, cheese and hot sauce together until it is the consistency of a “slushy snowball” and spread on chopped basil…gently spread!
Bake 30-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven…I don’t cover it.
Remove, cool and enjoy!
Of course, a beautiful Fall afternoon in downtown Annapolis is pretty nice as well.
Opened my Facebook and found this recipe. It sounded good…No, it sounded great, actually. Sometimes you need to embrace the goodness that is butter. This recipe is fast, easy and I think, a new favorite around here.
The Usual Cast Of Characters
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 stick butter
4 tsp baking powder
4 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
The Steps to Glory
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
Next, add the buttermilk and mix all of the ingredients together until a moist dough is formed.
Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, and then pour it into an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish (make sure that your pan is not too small or shallow so that the butter doesn’t drip out of the pan while it’s baking).
Place the dough right on top of the melted butter and use a spatula to spread it evenly across the pan until it touches the sides.
Cut the unbaked dough (it should be swimming in butter at this point) into 9 evenish squares.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner! These biscuits are the perfect companion to any meal. Try them with jelly!