Puff Pastry Tomato Pie

by April on July 20, 2016

Summertime is for tomatoes, hands down. Whether it’s plain, big red ones or every color of heirloom under the sun, I’m finding myself unable to resist the siren song of tomatoes at the farmer’s market each week. But that ain’t a bad thing because I can turn them into one of our favorite, favorite summer dishes of all time.

summer tomatoes

The Southern classic tomato pie is something that I actually had never had until just a few years ago but now it just isn’t summer without several of them, even though it’s the stupidest idea ever to turn the oven to 425 in July. I know. But it’s worth it.

Last week I was trying to clear out the freezer and came across the puff pastry sheets I forgot I bought and was like, tomato… pie… on a puff pastry. Let’s try it. I based it on my go-to tomato pie recipe, tweaking the amounts and subbing out the cheeses for a nice, sharp cheddar. Let’s just say, I made this Sunday and again Wednesday night and not just because I had several more tomatoes to use up in a short timespan.

summer tomatoes

Puff Pastry Tomato Pie

Ingredients

  • One Pepperidge Farms puff pastry sheet, thawed per directions
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cup diced onion (yellow or red onions work great here)
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of dried basil, oregano, black pepper
  • dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 medium tomatoes

Directions

  1. If you haven’t already, take the puff pastry out of the freezer and thaw it out per directions on the box.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425.
  3. Heat up the oil in a small saute pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the diced onions and saute until they are just starting to brown on the edges.
  5. Meanwhile, mix 1 cup of shredded cheese, the mayonnaise, and spices together in a mixing bowl. Set aside
  6. Slice the tomatoes about 1/4″ thick. I like to use the very top of the tomato, cutting out the part where it was attached to the vine for no waste.
  7. Lay the puff pastry on a cookie sheet.
  8. Spread the onions over the puff, stopping about 1/4″ from the outer edges.
  9. Lay the tomatoes over the onions, overlapping them if desired.
  10. Take this opportunity to fold the edges of the puff pastry inwards just a bit, like 1/8″. tomato pie on puff pastry
  11. Spread the cheese and mayo mixture over the tomatoes, using your fingers if necessary to get it to cover the tomatoes as best as possible.
  12. Top the mayo mixture with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.
  13. Let it ride in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the cheese on top is brown and the puff pastry is puffed and golden brown.

tomato pie on puff pastry

Here’s a tip you probably won’t find anywhere else… once you remove your sizzling pie from the oven, you may notice oils from both the cheese and the puff pastry sliding around the bottom of the cookie sheet. As the pie cools, put an oven mitt under one edge of the pan so that the oil can slide down to the opposite edge and not sog up the bottom of the crust, PLUS it keeps you from eating that much more liquid fat!

tomato pie cooling

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The Reality of Owning Pets

by April on July 16, 2016

This isn’t a food related topic but it’s one that I think a lot of people can empathize with: pets.

I’ve always, always had at least one pet in the home for my entire life, fish totally not included. There was always at least one dog around as a kid. Often there were multiple dogs because I started early in life with finding dogs on the street and crying until I got to keep them (this is what you call foreshadowing). When I moved out at the age of 20, I took our ferret Barrett to live with me and two roommates.

After the apartment, I moved in with Patrick and his friend who had two dogs, who I immediately took to. We hung out a lot, those dogs and I. And within eight months of living together, we got a kitten. That was all Patrick’s idea, as I had never had a cat, and didn’t have much experience with them. But we brought this orange runt home from where he was abandoned outside of a gun shop in rural Orangeburg county and started the process of creating our family.


oliver as a kitten

We moved out of that house and into another one right before I graduated college. And after graduation, about 10 days after, I took myself on a Sunday afternoon excursion to get myself a little graduation present.

baby Radar Love

I didn’t even tell Patrick that I was going to get a dog. Something about this being all my decision felt very monumental. Within the afternoon, I had an excited puppy stepping on my legs, trying to get a good nose out of the window. He likes to tell the story as “I got drunk, took a nap, and woke up with a dog.” He’s not too far off there. That was 2008, and eight years later that coffee with milk colored puppy is eight years old. She’s had a few minor medical issues, ranging from having a piece of fence get caught in her eyelid to having a weird floppy skin tag removed from her elbow.

But this year we noticed a little lump growing on her forearm. It was covered in hair and seemed like it wasn’t bothering her until a few weeks ago. It turned pink, then red. Then the hair disappeared. Then she became obsessed with licking it until the meat showed. As soon as possible, I hauled her to the vet and he told us to schedule surgery the next week. He was concerned that it grew so quickly.

radar love in the car

She just had the surgery and before I even took her to the vet the other week I knew that we would need to have That Conversation soon. The one where one factor influences the other so unfairly that it shouldn’t be allowed to be so. The one where you have to sit down and think about where the line will fall when you have to decide how much money can be put towards keeping your pet alive. For some people that number is anything. For others, it’s nothing. We fall towards the anything in theory but in actuality have to back it up, a lot. It’s one of those defining moments in a partnership.

Though we don’t know what is in those cells they lopped off of her yet, and it’ll take a week or so to know, we both are on the same page about how much medical care we are able to give our animals. It’s not a number, it’s a feeling about quality. Would radiation make her feel much worse? Probably. Would it be so expensive that we’d constantly be worried about money rather than being able to enjoy carefree moments with her and the rest of the menagerie? Most definitely. Will we do what we can to keep her feeling good? Absolutely. This is the reality of owning pets.

But for now we’re having her heal up and being her servant, kneeling down to offer her fresh water every hour, so she doesn’t have to walk on her hurting leg too much. Keep our girl in your thoughts that her lump was a random fatty deposit that was just so delicious that she licked it til it looked worse than it was.

radar love

 

And if you thought that was a lot of photos of just this dog (of our three), then you definitely don’t want to scroll through my phone, it’s split 50-50 between dogs and food. Food and dogs.

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