Southern Tomato Pie Recipe Tips
What is the difference between tomato pie and pizza?
"Tomato pie" can refer to several different dishes—including pizza, in some cases. This recipe is for Southern-style tomato pie, which is made in a pie crust with fresh tomatoes, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and bacon.
But in other parts of the U.S., "tomato pie" is a regional pizza style
. Philadelphia tomato pie is known for its thick, square crust topped with chunky tomato sauce but rarely any cheese. In Trenton, New Jersey, tomato pie is a type of pizza that has a round, thin, crust with cheese in the middle and sauce on top.
Where did Southern tomato pie originate?
Tomato pie came about as a great way to use up an abundance of summer tomatoes, pantry staples and one of a Southerner's favorite ingredients: mayo. For more classic dishes from the American South, check out these iconic Southern comfort food recipes
Can you freeze tomato pie?
We don't recommend freezing this tomato pie because it has a high water content. Instead, wrap any leftovers and store them in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. You can reheat tomato pie in a 350° oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
How can I make this Southern tomato pie more easily?
If you're looking to make this tomato pie recipe more quickly, you can use a pre-made crust, or store-bought puff pastry or biscuit dough instead of a homemade crust. (Here are the best pre-made pie crusts
, according to our Test Kitchen.) You can also use canned tomatoes, and different types of cheese or herbs, depending on what you have on hand.Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant and Teddy Nykiel, Taste of Home Associate Digital Editor