Cooking shows are some of my favorite and in order to catch them, I have to DVR all the time. They are full of great ideas and some of my favorite shows include Pioneer Woman, Not My Mama’s Meals, French Food at Home and Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam.
With an abundance of tomatoes from our garden, I decided I need to do something with them! Last week I made fresh marinara using my immersion blender and paired it with spaghetti for a wonderful meal. This week I was trying to decide what to do. I had seen Bobby Deen remake his Mama’s Tomato Pie and while the Paula Deen’s tomato pie looked wonderful, I didn’t want all the calories of it. And I didn’t want the “Pizza” version that Bobby made, even though it looks absolutely delicious! (And it’s absolutely because I have not mastered yeast breads yet and my pizza crusts are incredibly awful!)
I decided to make is more like a stacked pie sans crust.
Cyn’s Tomato “Pie”
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Slice 6 tomatoes fresh from the garden into extra thick slices
Stack them in a colander in a single layer and sprinkle lightly with sea salt to drain for about 10 minutes. I really had quite a bit more than the picture shows! You can use a really large colander and stack a lot at one time.
I sprayed my casserole dish and set it aside
Next whisk together 3 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 3-4 turns on the grinder of sea salt and black pepper, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. paprika, a big pinch of Cyn’s Dried Herb blend (sweet basil, parsley, thyme & oregano from my garden)
Grabbing the Panko bread crumbs I started stacking starting with a layer of tomatoes sprinkle the Panko and cover generously, stacking until you run out of tomatoes.
Once stacking is complete, pour your egg mixture over the entire dish until it fills up to the top, added shredded cheese to the top: Cheddar, Pepper Jack, and Havarti. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned. Remove from your oven and let set for about 5 minutes before serving.
I took a spoonful of this out and tasted it. It was absolutely delicious! The Pepper Jack cheese gave it just enough bite. Pair it up with grilled chicken, steak and salad or any vegetarian dishes for a tasty summer meal!