Tomato Pie, Southern Style

This recipe is adapted from Vivian Howard‘s piece in Saveur

Tomato Pie, Southern Style
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Tomato Pie, Southern Style
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Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
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1 10 inch pie
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Pie Crust
Filling & Topping
Servings: 10 inch pie
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Pie Crust
  1. Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium for a few seconds. Begin adding the butter one cube at a time. Continue until the flour is speckled and crumbly, about 4 minutes. With the mixer still running, add sun gold tomatoes and vinegar until just combined. Do not overmix. Press the dough into a 6-inch disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator overnight (Or the freeze for a few hours).
  2. Bring the crust to room temperature and lightly butter a 10-inch metal pie pan. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  3. Dust your counter and rolling pin lightly with flour and roll the crust slightly larger than your pan. Lay the crust in the pan and press gently into its edges. Cut off the edges that hang over and discard. Freeze for at least 15 minutes or until you're ready to blind-bake.
  4. Lay foil or parchment paper on top of the crust and weigh that down with dried beans or rice. Blind-bake the shell for 30 minutes. Remove the pie weights and foil or parchment and bake 5 minutes more. Set the cooked crust aside as you prepare the filling.
Filling
  1. Toss half of the diced tomatoes with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar. Set them over a colander to drain while you get everything else ready, at least an hour.
  2. Lower your oven to 375°. In a medium sauté pan or skillet, melt the butter and then add the onion and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium-low heat until deeply caramelized. This will take about 45 minutes. If the onion gets away from you and burns a little, add 1⁄4 cup of water to the pan, scrape up the overbrowned bits, and keep going. In the end, you have a scant 2⁄3 cup caramelized onion.
  3. Toss the remaining diced tomatoes with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, thyme, and olive oil. Spread in a single layer on a sheet tray with as much room separating the individual pieces as possible. Slide the tray onto the middle rack of your oven and roast for 30-35 minutes. You're looking for the tomatoes to dry out and brown slightly.
  4. Once all the individual components are done, stir together the onion, garlic, the fresh and roasted diced tomatoes, the remaining salt, sugar, black pepper, and basil.
Topping
  1. In a separate, smaller bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, fontina, and Parmigiano. Spoon the filling into your blind-baked crust. Top with the cheese mixture and tomato slices. Bake in the middle of your oven for 30 minutes. You can serve this warm or at room temperature.
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Pi Day Green Torta

This recipe is adapted from David Tanis’s Torta Pasqualina recipe for New York Times Cooking.

 

 

Pi Day Green Torta
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10-12 slices 45 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
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10-12 slices 45 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
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10-12 slices 45 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 slices 45 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Servings: slices
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Make the dough
  1. Make the dough: Put flour in a large mixing bowl. Stir together 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt and 4 tablespoons oil, then pour over flour and mix until dough comes together in a rough ball.
  2. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes, adding more flour if dough is sticky. Wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. (May refrigerate overnight and bring to room temperature.)
Make the filling
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet or wide pot over medium heat. Add onions and a little salt and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add greens, season generously with salt and pepper, and mix well.
  2. Coarsely chop greens, add to mixture and cook until just beginning to wilt. Turn off heat.
  3. Add nutmeg, ricotta and half the Parmesan and mix. Taste and adjust; it should be highly seasoned. Beat 4 of the eggs. Set aside 3 tablespoons beaten egg; add remaining beaten egg to greens and mix well. Let cool.
  4. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut dough into 4 pieces and form into balls. Roll out each ball into a very thin 12-inch circle. Place 1 dough circle on a 12-inch pizza pan lined with parchment. Brush lightly with oil, then lay another dough circle on top.
  5. Spoon greens evenly over dough to a 2-inch thickness, leaving a 1-inch border of dough. Smooth the surface. With a soup spoon, make 5 indentations in greens and crack a raw egg into each depression. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
  6. Cover with another dough circle and paint lightly with oil. Place last dough circle on top. Using a paring knife, trim any excess dough at perimeter of pie. Fold outer edges together and crimp to seal pie. Paint top with reserved beaten egg. Using a paring knife, make 2 or 3 steam vents.
  7. Bake for about 45 minutes, until very well browned. Slide torta onto a cutting board and let cool slightly before slicing. May also be served at room temperature.
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Celery Root and Potato Latkes

from Gourmet Magazine, December 2004

Celery Root and Potato Latkes
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32 latkes 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
32 latkes 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
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32 latkes 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
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Servings: latkes
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  1. Place oven racks at the upper and lower thirds positions and preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Coarsely grate celery root into a bowl using the 1/3 inch-wide holes of a box grater.
  3. Peel potatoes and coarsely grate into a large bowl. Add lemon juice and toss. Coarsely grate onions into the same bowl.
  4. Transfer to towel, then gather the corners to form a sack. Twist tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible.
  5. Return potatoes and onions into a clean bowl and stir in celery root, flour, eggs, salt, pepper and celery seeds until well combined.
  6. Heat 1/3 inch of oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot, but not smoking. Fill a ¼ cup measure (but do not tightly pack) with the latke mixture and carefully spoon into the heated skillet, then fry until the underside is a deep golden color (1 ½ to 3 minutes).
  7. Turn over using 2 spatulas and fry until deep golden on all sides (1 ½ to 3 more minutes).
  8. Transfer to paper towels to drain briefly. Keep warm in a baking dish in the oven.
  9. Repeat frying process until all latkes are cooked.
Recipe Notes

Helpful Hints:

  •  You may fry latkes 1 hour ahead of serving time.
  • You may shred the potatoes, onions and celery root in a food processer with the shredding disk.
    However use 5 eggs (instead of 4), as the machine will grate more coarsely than hand grating and will require more binding.
  •  Monitor the rate at which the latkes brown. If they brown very quickly, try reducing the heat to
    moderate.
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Pumpkin Zucchini Mini-Muffins

Pumpkin Zucchini Mini-Muffins
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48 mini muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 mini muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
48 mini muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Servings: mini muffins
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Instructions
  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Whisk together eggs, sugar, oil, orange juice, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. These are the wet ingredients.
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together both flours, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. These are the dry ingredients.
  5. Add wet ingredient to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. (Do not over-mix the batter. Over-mixing will cause dense muffins.)
  6. Fold in zucchini and pumpkin puree.
  7. Lightly spray the mini muffin tins with cooking spray. Scoop the batter into the mini muffin tin, filling each cup 3/4's full.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are set. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Be adventurous, add one cup of chopped, lightly roasted nuts to the recipe. Walnuts, almonds, or even pecans would be wonderful options.

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Beet Brownie Bites

Beet Brownie Bites
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12 Mini Muffins
Beet Brownie Bites
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12 Mini Muffins
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Servings: Mini Muffins
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  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  3. Peel and grate the beets.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the all purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Whisk to combine.
  5. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and gently mix with a fork.
  6. Add the apple sauce, brown sugar and vanilla to egg mixture and whisk to combine.
  7. With a spatula, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  8. Fold in grated beets and chocolate chips.
  9. Line each muffin tin with vegetable oil to avoid sticking.
  10. Scoop the muffin batter into the muffin tins.
  11. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Let cool and serve. Enjoy!
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