Tomato, Tomahto

Tomato centerpiece for summer tablescape | ©

Our tomatoes runneth over

this time of year~

Tomato summer tablescape | © #summer #tablescapes

However you say it or slice it,

nothing says summer

like a garden fresh tomato!

Tomato summer tablescape | © #summer #tablescapes

In addition to the requisite BLT,

we enjoy tomatoes served

in a simple & light summer salad~

 Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio Salad | © #summer #recipes #tomato

 Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio Salad~

Heirloom tomatoes~ sliced extremely thin~ with onion, capers, shaved parmesan, basil, olive oil, salt & pepper.

You can also add pine nuts, shaved fennel, or balsamic vinegar~ whatever ingredients you prefer.

 Heirloom Tomato Pie  | © #summer #recipes #tomato

I found a recipe from Food Network for

Heirloom Tomato Pie last year.

It is labor intensive, but Oh-So-Good and a favorite

for us when tomatoes runneth over!

 Heirloom Tomato Pie  | © #summer #recipes #tomato

Food Network’s recipe has a cornmeal crust which we love, but you could use a prepared pie crust to save prep time.

I usually make the crust a day in advance or the morning of, and wrap the pastry disk in plastic, refrigerating until I’m ready to make the pie.

Mini Tomato Tarts  | © #summer #recipes #tomato

I decided to make individual pies

or tarts with the recipe and

4.75-inch Wilton Tart/Quiche Pans.

Mini Tomato Tarts  | © #summer #recipes #tomato

To save time, I caramelize the onion a day or two in advance, for the filling. I also mix my other filling ingredients in advance and set aside in the refrigerator until I’m ready to assemble.

Mini Tomato Pies | © #summer #recipes #tomato

Food Network’s directions call for slicing tomatoes, tossing with salt and placing in a colander to drain for 30 minutes.

I have better luck placing tomato slices on layers of paper towels and leaving them to stand, occasionally replacing the paper towels for an 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Mini Tomato Pies  | © #summer #recipes #tomato

What I love about this tomato pie recipe besides the cornmeal crust, is that is not too mayonnaise-y, only 1/4 cup in the filling along with the onion, shredded mozzarella and manchego cheese, bread crumbs, and herbs~ chopped chives, parsley, and thyme.

Mini Tomato Tarts  | © #summer #recipes #tomato

The recipe made five individual 4″ pies or tarts.

You can find the printable recipe from Food Network here.

Summer tablescape with tomatoes | © #summer #tablescapes

 If your tomato cup runneth over, try this recipe!

It’s ideal too for those heirlooms that won’t win any beauty contests but are full of flavor :)

Mini Tomato Pies  | © #summer #recipes #tomato

    If you’re still craving tomatoes,

 you can dine with them, here.

Summer tablescape with tomatoes | © #summer #tablescapes

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

~Henry David Thoreau

Mini Tomato Pies  | © #summer #recipes #tomato

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  39 comments for “Tomato, Tomahto

  1. August 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Beautiful presentation! I love ketchup, but won’t eat a tomato, lol!
    I make them for dh though. One he likes is baked in a casserole with feta and shrimp. Good sale on shrimp this week, I will have to make it!
    Your pies look wonderful! Enjoy your crop.

  2. August 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Hi Mary,

    Oh how I love tomatoes — and heirlooms are the very best!! Your comment about the beauty contest is funny, but so true. When I look at tomatoes, if they look too perfect, I’m not interested because I feel like they won’t have a lot of flavor. Just like those kind in cellophane at the supermarket. :)

    The pictures of your food are just gorgeous and mouth watering! I’ve been wanting to make a tomato pie; I’ve eaten them before but never made one myself. I’ll have to check out this recipe; I’m so glad you shared it.

    Your post is beautiful, as always. I hope you’re having a good weekend, Mary, and staying cool.



  3. August 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Good morning, Mary! Just yesterday, Yvonne and I went to a TOMATO FARM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Talk about your tomatoes runneth over!!!! AISLES of tomatoes!!!! I have red and yellow grape tomatoes and some beautiful slicing tomatoes. This week they will be on MY menu. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes and your beautiful table. Love the arrangement. XO, Pinky PS, those tomato plates are fabulous. I remember them.

  4. Pondside
    August 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

    That was a feast for the eyes as well as a feast for the imagination!

  5. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    August 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Oh yum! Your tomato pies are gorgeous Mary, I’d love some! The little purple tomatoes are cool. I had a tomato sandwich, actually forgot about a BLT… how could I forget about bacon??? Happy Weekend:@)

  6. August 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This looks so good, Mary. We found someone selling heirloom tomatoes as we were leaving for the lake Thursday. We had some of them for breakfast this morning, with fresh caught crappie from the lake. Yum :-).

  7. August 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Oh how I love fresh, garden raised tomatoes. How sad I am when tomato season is over. My mouth watered all the way through your beautiful post.

  8. August 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Just lost my comment! ;-)
    But I said…….not a fan of tomatoes, but these pies would grab my attention. Beautiful post, Mary, and gorgeous wicker table.

  9. August 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Ah, tomatoes….one of my most favorite foods…ever! So wonderful when they are just picked from the vines! Got some glorious heirloom ones yesterday afternoon at a little ‘flash market’ just a few miles from our house…also got some tiny mini grape ones which I will use today in a ‘tomato cocktail’…Tomatoes are summer’s richest rewards…but what is wonderful is that we can grow them year ’round! Beautiful photos, as usual, Mary…and I am saving this recipe to make soon… A few years ago I made a Ratatouille Quiche that was to die for…

  10. August 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    This looks delicious! Wish we had tomatoes this year, the drought has hampered growing in West Texas! Thanks for sharing the beautiful tablescapes!

  11. August 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Wow, what a delicious and beautiful post! I am definitely going to make that tomato salad when it gets a bit warmer here in Australia!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  12. August 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I love your idea of making little individual pies for everyone! I will have to look for those pans. My favorite heirlooms are the purple cherokees and a close second would be lemon boys. I have eaten so many tomatoes this summer I should turn into a tomato!

  13. August 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Wow ~ does this ever look delicious and pretty too!

    Susan and Bentley

  14. August 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Your pies look wonderful! Yum, I would love to be tasting some right now!

    Such an attractive centerpiece- I love fresh things. Great tablescape as usual and pictures make my mouth water.

  15. August 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The pie looks quite interesting. A bit different.

    – The Tablescaper

  16. August 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    All your tomatoes looks so delicious. We eat them like apples around there. We have bought 3 huge cases, but not for canning, just for eating, and we ate every one! I love your centerpiece – and the Pokeberries:)

  17. August 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Your tomatoes dishes and recipes look delicious. The tomato pie is my favorite and I would love to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  18. August 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    So far my tomatoes are still all green, but I am hoping for great things!! I have pinned your delicious featured recipe, and will be using it when mine ripen. Thank you so much!

  19. August 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Love your tomato centerpiece! It inspired a vegetable centerpiece I recently did for a summer party, the guests had a fit over the fresh veggies instead of flowers. Can’t wait to try the individual tomato tarts, they look amazing!

  20. August 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    So glad to hear you are planting hydrangeas!!! Can’t wait to see them next year!!!!

  21. August 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I am putting those tart pans on the Christmas wish list and the recipe on the recipe board. When you add to that the wonderful quote from Thoreau, which I love and plan to use now, you just have a wonderful all around post here.

  22. August 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    This whole tomato tablescape is marvelous! You have taken tomatoes to a whole other level!!!! YOur tomato tart is a must try! Thanks for sharing at ON THE MENU MONDAY!

  23. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    August 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Mary….great recipe and I am in love with that “tomato centerpiece”…gorgeous!!…A true work of art!

  24. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    August 7, 2012 at 5:47 am

    You entire tablesetting with all the tomatoes is gorgeous. I love it. Plus the recipes sound soooooooo good. I definitely will give them a try. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  25. August 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Our tomatoes are just starting to come in now and I can’t wait to try your tomato tart recipe! We had our first BLTs the night before last with our first BIG tomato – delicious! Gorgeous table and I love that centerpiece :) Great pics and attention to detail as always.

  26. August 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Your tomato arrangement is so rich and luscious. It could be a still life painting. The recipes sound delicious. I have a friend who grew an heirloom tomato called Cherokee Purple, and it was the most delicious tomato I have ever tasted. Thanks for the great post.

  27. August 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Just delicious to see your tomato tarts – exquisite little works of art.

  28. August 10, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Beautiful photography. The colours are magnificent.


  29. August 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Love the idea of individual tarts and I just happen to have those little tart pans. This would make a wonderful luncheon entree’ pared with a salad.

  30. August 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Oh my goodness! We have gone a little crazy with tomatoes ourselves this year! There is absolutely nothing like home grown garden fresh tomatoes!! Wonderful presentation Mary!! As you can see, I am catching up with all of the posts I have missed!!

  31. September 26, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Mary….I have been so out of blogging the last few months and am finally getting back to see my favorites. And of course you are at the top of the list!! Love your tomato tartes and table. So delicious looking and the table so inviting!!! So excited to see everything else you’ve dones these last months. Know that you truly do inspire me!! N.

  32. August 1, 2013 at 6:53 am

    One word for this – LOVE! Have been away from blogging for a little while. Decided to look at your lemon rosemary pound cake email today and you have me hooked. Using the pokeweed with the tomatoes for the table arrangement is just genius! I may need to borrow that for the garden club.

  33. June 14, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! Tomatoes look amazing I am jealous :)

  34. July 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Mary I have never seen a prettier tomato post! Your food is gorgeous!

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