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The Best Southern Tomato Pie Recipe by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

The Best Southern Tomato Pie

JC Phelps
Not all tomato pies are created equal. You'll love this recipe for the Best Southern Tomato Pie. The secret? It's topped with pimento cheese!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course brunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 16 servings
Calories 366 kcal


  • 2 pre-baked pie crusts
  • 3-4 medium tomatoes sliced
  • 1 c Duke's Mayonnaise add slowly until desired consistency; can use more or less
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar
  • 8 oz monterey jack
  • 8 oz parmesan
  • 4 oz diced pimentos drained
  • 1/4 vidalia onion grated
  • dijon mustard for basting
  • minced onion to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • kosher salt to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • basil for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Slice tomatoes to desired thickness and lay them flat on a paper towel. Sprinkle with kosher salt and a little sugar; the salt will absorb moisture out of the tomatoes, while the sugar will cut the bitterness (it won’t make the pie sweet). Place a second paper towel on top of the tomatoes and leave them for 5-10 minutes. Carefully apply pressure to get rid of remaining juice out of tomatoes; be careful to not squish tomatoes with applied force.
  • In a large bowl, combine sharp cheddar, monterey jack, parmesan, mayonnaise, diced pimentos, freshly-grated vidalia onion, minced onion, and black pepper. Be conservative when using the mayonnaise — you can always add more to reach your desired consistency. Mix well.
  • Using a brush or a spoon, apply a thin layer of Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard to the pie crust, completely covering.
  • Add a layer of tomatoes and top with pimento cheese mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and broil for 2-4 minutes; remove pie from oven when the top is perfectly browned.
  • Top with basil + enjoy!


Sodium: 583mgCalcium: 383mgVitamin C: 11mgVitamin A: 751IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 133mgCholesterol: 42mgCalories: 366kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 11gFat: 29gProtein: 14gCarbohydrates: 13gIron: 1mg
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