Jun 20, 2011
Green Tomato Pie
I did it! A good old fashioned Green Tomato Pie, just like the one Ma Ingalls made, hopefully! This has deep roots in the midwest where they would use it as a way to prepare all the green tomatoes still on the vine upon the first frost, although it has become a standard in the South too, evidenced by the fact that I used a recipe from Southern cooking diva, Paula Deen. While I'm not a huge fan of hers, not because of dislike but rather that I don't watch cooking shows, I do know of her reputation of a home cookin' type gal. You can find the recipe by clicking on her name above. I found it to be really sweet, maybe a bit too syrupy sweet for my liking since I like my apple pie stacked thin and high and on the dry side, and I never cook my fillings beforehand. I don't think there is a way to get around having a syrupy filling here however, due to the nature of tomatoes.... they're wet!
Sliced for the pie...
The finished product:
It is purported to taste similar to an apple pie, so upon serving it, I told the kids it was a special kind of apple called a Pseudo Apple. Hey, I'm not lying :) It did smell and sort of taste like an apple pie, but what wouldn't being cooked with all that nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar LOL?
Here's the reaction, the kids do not know it's tomatoes -
Would I make it again? Yes, but only if I could get rid of it in one night, like a novelty item served to gardeners at a party! This is one of those things that isn't bad at all, but it's a lot of work to not be a much beloved apple pie LOL. Plus, as soon as the kids realize what it is, they won't eat it, and it will sit in the fridge all week. So I highly recommend it for an "event" as a fun thing to serve and get oohs and ahhhs as to your garden cooking prowess, but don't make a whole pie just for yourself, it's not that good :)
I'm hoping to do pickled green tomatoes next. I figure it will be nice practice so for the future I will immediately know what to do with green tomatoes!
This is just for fun... this is what happens when you tell your kids "no tv today, make your own fun"!
It was the perfect day for experimenting, rain all day and the temp even dropped from the mid 80's in late morning all the way down to 67 degrees by mid afternoon. I just went out and surveyed a lot of wind damage, ugh - and temps are once again climbing tonight, we are supposed to be 98 by Wednesday :(