Creole Tomato Pie

This gorgeous tomato pie is filled with an irresistible mixture of goat cheese and mozzarella.

Creole Tomato Pie
 
Makes 1 (9-inch) Pie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup self-rising cornmeal mix
  • 2¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon plus ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup cold whole buttermilk
  • 2 pounds Creole tomatoes, seeded and cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 (8-ounce) package part-skim mozzarella, shredded and divided
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise*
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons torn fresh basil, divided
  • Garnish: ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, place flour, cornmeal, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper; pulse until combined. Add cold butter, and pulse until mixture is crumbly. With processor running, add cold buttermilk in a slow, steady stream just until dough comes together. Turn out dough onto a very lightly floured surface. Shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels, place tomato slices. Sprinkle with 1½ teaspoons salt. Let stand for 15 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until tender and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°.
  5. Let dough stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12-inch circle.
  6. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with baking spray with flour. Transfer dough to prepared plate, pressing into bottom and up sides. Fold edges under, and crimp, if desired. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  7. In a medium bowl, stir together 1½ cups mozzarella, goat cheese, mayonnaise, egg, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  8. Place onion mixture in bottom of prepared crust. Top with half of cheese mixture; top with half of tomato slices. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon basil. Spread remaining cheese mixture on top, and top with remaining tomato slices.
  9. Bake until golden brown and center is set, 35 to 40 minutes, covering crust with foil after 20 to 25 minutes of baking to prevent excess browning. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella, and bake until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Garnish with pepper, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Notes
*We used Blue Plate Mayonaisse

CHOOSING & STORING CREOLE TOMATOES

Choose: Fresh tomatoes should feel firm, but they shouldn’t be so hard that they don’t give a little when squeezed. Tomatoes should feel heavy for their size (this means they will be juicier). Finally, tomatoes should have a sweet, earthy smell.

Store: Do not store tomatoes in the refrigerator. Tomatoes should be stored stem side down on a flat surface so as not to bruise the bottoms.