Fresh Tomato & Basil Pie


This Fresh Tomato & Basil Pie recipe is adapted from a friend’s pie, which she brought to dinner one night before she and her family moved away.  Sad to see her go but glad she shared the recipe with me.

I have always wanted to make tomato pie and this one is scrumptious!  Especially with the addition of the fresh basil.  And the crust?  So flaky and delicious, if I do say so myself.  I promise to share that in another post.

So we put in a garden this year–with the help of friends who are great at growing stuff, and canning, and freezing, and  drying, etc. Our tomatoes and basil have gone crazy!  I even made fried green tomatoes the other night. Never tried those?  Well, then that is something else I need to share later.

Fresh Tomato & Basil Pie
A scrumptious way to use fresh produce from your garden.
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  1. Pastry for 1-crust 9 inch pie
  2. 2 T. evaporated milk
  3. 4 cups sliced, firm ripe tomatoes
  4. 1 t. salt
  5. 1/8 t. black pepper
  6. 1 T. fresh basil, finely chopped
  7. 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  8. 1/3 c. Parmesan cheese, shredded
  9. 1 large clove garlic, smashed and minced
  10. whole fresh basil leaves for garnish (opt.)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line pie plate with pastry. Flute the edges. Brush shell with evaporated milk.
  3. Bake shell for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350.
  4. Fill baked shell with layered, sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chopped basil.
  5. Combine mayonnaise, Parmesan, and garlic and spread over the tomatoes.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for approx 45 minutes, or until pie is golden brown.
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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole


It was one of those days when I felt the urge to serve breakfast for supper.  

And so I did.  

Fortunately, I was watching Pioneer Woman while ironing a million white shirts earlier in the day and she was preparing a brunch which looked mighty delicious. I went to the Food Network site and found her show…and this recipe.

Now, she was prepping for a brunch with friends for “the next day” and so she put the recipe together, covered it, and then put it in the fridge overnight.  I didn’t do that, but I did have it in the fridge for about 4 or 5 hours, so it still worked.

It was delicious and it is gone now.  We ate it up pretty quickly.


Due to technical difficulties today, we are using the older format for our recipe.  



1 16-oz. bag frozen tater tots
Butter for your baking dish
1 T. olive oil
1 lb. spicy bulk breakfast sausage (I used 1 cup Thrive)
1 medium onion, finely diced (who wants to do that?  I used Thrive)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/4 t. seasoned salt
1/4 t. cayenne 
4 large eggs
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
2 cups grated Cheddar cheese (I used Mexican blend, on hand)
1 cup grated pepper jack cheese (I used regular jack, on hand)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1.  Line up the tater tots in a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the sausage and onion and cook, breaking the sausage up with a wooden spoon , until browned and cooked through, 8-10 minutes. OR…do what I did and use Thrive foods.  Scoop 2 cups of Sausage Crumbles and about 1/4 cup of already refreshed Thrive chopped onion.  Toast up for a few minutes–seriously, like 4 minutes– in the olive oil.
  3. Set meat aside and let cool a little, then sprinkle over tots.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the milk, half-and-half, seasoned salt, cayenne, eggs, bell peppers and half of each cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Pour over the tots/sausage mixture, then top with the rest of the cheeses.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight or until you need to cook it.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake, covered, for about 25 minutes.  Remove foil and continue to bake until the cheese is brown and bubbly and the casserole is cooked through–about 20-35 minutes.
  7. Cut into squares and serve with sliced tomatoes, grapes or other appropriate sides.


SOURCE:  Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman on FoodNetwork.