In the old days, I used to make tomato pie for breakfast every now and then on the weekend. Since cutting out grains, sugar and most processed foods, I haven’t really thought about pie, except for around the holidays and need a sugar free wheat free dessert.
Today while cleaning out the freezer and fridge for the pigs, I thought about pie. I had gotten some nice vine ripe tomatoes and still had 4 left. It was going to be a busy day, I was IFing today, so tomato pie with breakfast for dinner sounded like a great idea.
Step 2: the crust. Combine 1/4c coconut flour, sifted and 1T Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Whisk 3 eggs (our chickens lay medium eggs, if using large or ex-large, use 2) and 4T melted butter into a medium bowl. Whisk the coconut flour/Parmesan into your egg/butter mixture.
Brush a pie pan with butter, olive oil, or your preferred slicking agent. Preheat your oven to 350°. I prefer to just scoop it all in at once and press it as much as I can with the spatula. It’s quite sticky so use gloves and mash it around with your hands to get it up the sides and even on the bottom.
Since my husband can taste coconut 47 miles away, I opted to sprinkle the crust with more Parmesan and some pepper, who knows if he doesn’t notice the coconut, maybe he’ll get a deep dish pizza in the future.
Step 4: Combine 3/4c mayo, 1/2c chopped onion, 4 slices chopped cooked thick cut bacon, 1/2c shredded cheddar cheese, and your seasoning of choice (I use salt and pepper) and mix well.
Once your crust has been baked a bit and cooled, it is time for step 5: Place tomatoes in the bottom of the crust, overlapping so that there isn’t empty space. If you turned off your oven after step 3, turn it back on to 350° so that it will be preheated for baking the pie.
Step 7: Place finished pie into the preheated 350° oven. I like to check it after 20 minutes, and usually end up letting it go an extra 10 minutes.
The pie ended up a little damp, hence the comment on the tomato picture about increasing the draining time. Had I had more time yesterday morning, I would have prepped the tomatoes and let them drain in the fridge while I was out all day. Another option would be once you’ve sliced them and you have them on your blotter of choice, sprinkle them with dehydrated onion flakes, they will soak up some of the excess moisture and you can skip the tears sometimes associated with chopping fresh onions for step 4.
The verdict: May loved it so much, she had a slice for breakfast before school this morning. I thought it was pretty darned good and didn’t taste coconut until I tried a bit of the side crust. (note to self, pepper and Parm the sides too lol) My husband ate his slice, he liked it. He didn’t taste the coconut until the end of his slice, when he got to the side crust. He asked “Is this fake crust?” I said “no, eggs, butter, flour”. Being the smart cookie he is he said “coconut flour?” Yep, he got me, but he still may get a coconut flour deep dish pizza in the future. My fingers are crossed though that when that day comes he doesn’t eat it crust first!
In the end, this new tomato pie was just as tasty as the old tomato pie I used to make with pre-made pie crust from our grocer’s freezer section. The coconut flour crust is different, it’s not flaky like regular pie crust, but it’s also not filled with things that make me bloated and it did not spike my blood sugar. It did take more time than the old way, but since diabetes is no longer in the driver’s seat, I have time to take more time when it comes to feeding my family.
I leave you today with a picture of our oldest granddaughter laughing and having a blast yesterday when we went to Scottsville for horse, pig, and goat feed. In the past couple of years I’ve learned a lot from my grandchildren. Through their eyes, I’ve learned that I’m not too old to run, jump, laugh, play, and dance. After we went to market, we went to the bank. We danced in the parking lot while waiting form my sister/her aunt to finish her business. We didn’t notice the people watching us from the gas station next door until we finished. When we did notice, we just smiled and laughed. The people were smiling too. I really feel that laughter and smiles are contagious, share them often.