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qahtan's picture

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Here we go again, a glut of tomatoes so this is tomatoe and basil pie,,,,, so I figured we could have that along with Spam, (I like Spam) ;-))) "Memory's of Spam from USA during WW11," followed by local Ontario peaches. This basket of peaches with 16 peaches cost me $3..... Karen our daughter went with Gerry to get them and she bought a much bigger heaped basket of #2 peaches all perfectly good to eat with mayby a slight imperfection on the skin. Brian the farmer put all of hers into a large cardboard box, then topped it up with more. She ended up with 65 peaches. $4.
She has 4 children . qahtan

      Tomato Basil Pie

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt I didn't add the salt
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp dry basil
6 T vegetable shortening I used salted butter
1 cup buttermilk
Mix the dry ingredients, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the buttermilk, mix lightly and divide into two equal balls. Wrap in wax paper and chill for a few minutes.

2 lbs tomatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick (let liquid drain out as much as possible)
1/4-1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (to taste)
2 cups shredded Jack cheese
I used ½ imported medium Gouda and ½ Asiago
1/4 cup olive oil

Butter a pie plate and roll out one ball of dough. Fit to the pie plate and let edges hang over. Put sliced tomatoes in the pie plate. They should crown a bit above the top of the pie plate. Top with chopped basil and drizzle with the olive oil. Top with the jack cheese. Roll out the second ball of crust. Place on top of pie and crimp top crust to the bottom crust to seal. Cut a small hole in the center of the top crust for the steam to escape. Bake at 425 for 25-
30 minutes.

SylviaH's picture

None of this looks off topic to me!  Very nice savory pie..what a delicious meal and great looking peaches..what a bargain price!  As far as the spam mom used to always keep the canned corned beef around...I had forgotten about what good sandwiches it made...maybe I'll pick some up the week!


janij's picture

I would love to see the inside.  Sounds yummy!!

Paddyscake's picture

That savory pie sounds wonderful. We have a load of tomatoes and I certainly thank you for the recipe! What could be better than tomatoes, basil and cheese!

What a great price on the peaches. Are you going to make jam? This year has been fantastic for fruit. Large luscious cherries, peaches and all types of berries. I feel badly for the farmers. There is such a glut, they are losing money.


gildee's picture

Wow I have got to try this recipe, I love basil, cheese and can put up with tomatoes, I will use the Roma's growing in my garden.

Ur crust looks great! can we have a pic of the inside?

MJO's picture

What a beautiful pie!  Who cares what it tastes like :) .  I would like to know how you managed to remove it from the baking dish?  I'm going to get some fresh basil at the nearest farmers mkt. and give it a whirl!  It sounds delicious.

qahtan's picture


 Sorry it has gone.. and I didn't think to take picture of it cut.............;-(((((

 Removing it from it's baking pan.?????  Just sort of flipped it out... :-)))) qahtan.