excellent...similar to a vegetable gratin, i think i will try thyme next time, seems like it will go nicely with the gruyere. doesn't really need the crust.
Old-fashioned Tomato Pie
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
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Total: 3 Hours, 25 Minutes
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 to 4 Tbsp. ice-cold water
- 2 1/4 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, divided
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 cup assorted chopped fresh herbs (such as chives, parsley, and basil)
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Gruyère cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1. Prepare Piecrust: Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor running, gradually add 3 Tbsp. ice-cold water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, and process until dough forms a ball and leaves sides of bowl, adding up to 1 Tbsp. more water, if necessary. Shape dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.
- 2. Unwrap dough, and place on a lightly floured surface; sprinkle lightly with flour. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
- 3. Preheat oven to 425°. Press dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim dough 1 inch larger than diameter of pie plate; fold overhanging dough under itself along rim of pie plate. Chill 30 minutes or until firm.
- 4. Line piecrust with aluminum foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. (This will keep the crust from bubbling up.) Place on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
- 5. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Remove weights and foil. Bake 5 minutes or until browned. Cool completely on baking sheet on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
- 6. Prepare Filling: Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt. Let stand 10 minutes.
- 7. Meanwhile, sauté onion and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper in hot oil in a skillet over medium heat 3 minutes or until onion is tender.
- 8. Pat tomatoes dry with a paper towel. Layer tomatoes, onion, and herbs in prepared crust, seasoning each layer with pepper (1 tsp. total). Stir together cheeses and mayonnaise; spread over pie.
- 9. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, shielding edges with foil to prevent excessive browning. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.
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