Lighter tomato pie

I have posted before I am not a huge fan of tomatoes, however I do like yellow tomatoes. Well tis the season round here and I have bought some fresh locally grown tomatoes. I decided to make a tomato pie. Now here in Eastern PA, Philadelphia area, tomato pie is actually a pizza with fresh (or sorta) crushed tomatoes, basil,  and garlic, with no cheese (sometimes places will put like grated Parm cheese on). But down south (like Paula Deen area)  it is an actual pie, with crust on bottom.

I had seen Paula Deen make her version, and Bobby Deen made a lighter version on her website. Well seeing as how I am constantly trying to lose weight, or at least not gain anymore…. I decided to go with Bobby Deen’s recipe.

As you all know who have read this blog before I don’t always go with exact recipes, unless it has to do with baking (even then I might stray). So this one I may not have done exact, but will put a link to the website with the exact recipe.


Ok so here is the actual recipe from Paula Deen’s site….


Here is what I did…


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 3/4 – 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 3 strips of left over bacon, crumbles
  • 6 leaves fresh basil
  • 3 yellow tomatoes, sliced thick
  • one frozen deep dish pie crust
  • 3-4 dashes of hot sauce
  • S&P to taste




Mix mayo, cheese, basil, bacon, onions, hot sauce together.

IMG_1286Put about half maybe little more of your sliced tomatoes into pie shell, sprinkle with S&P.

IMG_1288Sprinkle this layer of tomatoes with basil and about half of your cheese (this is why I use about a cup of cheese), top with remaining tomatoes, and little bit more S&P.



Now gently spread mayo mixture on top of tomatoes, but do not take the mixture all way to edge, leave space it will melt to crust.



Bake 400 degrees till cheese is bubbly golden and pie crust looks done. I of course didn’t get a final picture as per my usual. It was tasty!! And even better the next day.

Options: I would totally add in crumbled sausage, either breakfast or Italian and make it a whole complete meal package. Add in jalapeno peppers or green chili peppers to give it a kick would be good too.



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