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Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie!

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I will be honest, I have never had a pie like this before! But I will again because it is more than just good, it is delicious!! We all got on our fall jackets and went down to the Farmer's Market to get some fresh air, see what was available seasonally and grab a fresh mug of coffee.

When we came upon all the vendors it was hard to decide how much of what to buy, as there were only so many hands available to carry the bags of produce back home with! But something else was happening besides this bustling market. The cold front from Canada had entered our area and the temperature was dropping rapidly.


When we got home, it was beginning to snow, on September 29th!. Ironic because just a couple of days before we had needed a sunshade up to get wood trim cut for the finish-work needed in our little apartment...but before the snow finished for the day, we had nearly 6 inches. And here we were making a summer tomato pie, for our dinner...

While this is not a fussy recipe, it does have a few steps and requires chilling time for the pastry crust. But when you cut this pie, and place it on your plate and then take a bite, it will have been worth it! I hope you give it a try because if food could make you smile on a snowy day, it is this pie!

Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie, a taste of summer in every bite!
Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie

Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie
adapted from hellolittlehome.com
400-degree oven

3 large tomatoes
salt

1 1/4 c flour, we used whole grain Spelt pastry grind flour
1/4 t salt
1/2 c butter
2 - 4 T ice water

2 t olive oil
1 medium onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 c mayonnaise
6 oz crumbled Feta (dry packed)
handful fresh basil leaves, julienned
salt and pepper

Slice the tomatoes and layer in a colander to drain, sprinkling each layer with salt. Set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.

Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie, a taste of summer in every bite!

Combine the flour, salt, cut in the butter until crumbly then start with 2 T of the ice water, stir together with a fork until mixture becomes a ball. Use only as much ice water as needed, making sure you do not use more than the 4 T listed. Note: if you prefer, you may use a food processor. 


Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie, a taste of summer in every bite!

Roll out and fit in a 9-inch pie pan.

Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie, a taste of summer in every bite!

Trim and flute edges, place in the refrigerator to chill while preparing other ingredients. Note, chill at least 30 minutes. 

In a skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the onion and garlic, saute until soft and fragrant but not browned about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, set aside to cool.

Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie, a taste of summer in every bite!

Take tomato slices our of the colander, and layer with toweling. You want all the excess juices to be taken up with the toweling in order to not have too much juice in your pie.

Combine the mayonnaise and 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, set aside.


To assemble:

Savory Tomato Feta and Basil Pie, a taste of summer in every bite!

Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese in the bottom of the pie crust.
Add half of the sliced tomatoes over the mozzarella, season with salt and pepper.
Arrange half of the julienned basil over the tomatoes.
Add half of the onion mixture and half of the Feta cheese.
Repeat with the remaining tomatoes, basil, onion mixture, and Feta cheese.
Spoon the mayonnaise mixture on top, and spread gently. It won't cover completely, but do not worry it bakes into a lovely top "crust".

Place pie in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the top of the pie and the crust are a rich golden brown. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Enjoy!


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