Monday, August 17, 2020

TOMATO and CORN PIE with FRESH BASIL


 TOMATO and CORN PIE with FRESH BASIL



A tomato pie is a delicious creation - almost as good as the first tomato sandwich of the season.

 Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 prepared pie crust, homemade or purchased
  • 3 scallions, white and light green part only, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 small ears of blanched corn)
  • 8 large leaves fresh basil, torn into 1/2-inch pieces plus more for garnish
  • 5 small tomatoes such as Roma (about 1 pound), sliced approximately 1/4-inch thick

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. If using a purchased crust, roll it out to flatten it slightly. Place in a 9 or 10-inch deep-dish pie pan.
  3. Press the pie crust securely against the pie pan including securing the edge of the crust to the rim of the pie pan. Dock the bottom in a few places with a fork. Place a large piece of parchment over and up the sides and fill with pie weights, dried beans or rice.
  4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Let crust cool.
  5. While the crust is baking, line a baking sheet with paper towels. Generously season the tomato slices with salt. Place on the paper towels to absorb the excess liquid that is drawn out by the salt.
  6. Before assembling, blot the tomatoes dry with paper towels.
  7. Remove parchment and weights and allow to cool 20 minutes.
  8. Combine cheese and flour and sprinkle evenly over the bottom of the crust. Top with 1/3 of the tomatoes.
  9. Sprinkle with half the corn and scallion, basil and cheddar cheese. Repeat layering again, finishing with a layer of tomatoes on the top.
  10. Whisk together eggs and half-and-half, 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper. Carefully pour the custard over the filling.
  11. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until set and top is lightly browned. (Keep an eye on the crust. You may need to make a foil collar to keep it from getting overly browned.)
  12. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with additional torn basil leaves. Enjoy your cooking!