Tomato Pie, Southern Style

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

Tomato Pie, Southern Style
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1 10 inch pie
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
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1 10 inch pie
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Tomato Pie, Southern Style
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1 10 inch pie
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 the water, 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
Servings Prep Time
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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Avocado & White Bean Spread on Toast

Avocado & White Bean Spread on Toast
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Servings Prep Time
16 half-slices 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 half-slices 10 minutes
Avocado & White Bean Spread on Toast
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Servings Prep Time
16 half-slices 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 half-slices 10 minutes
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Spread
Garnish
Servings: half-slices
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  1. Combine avocados, beans, lime juice, olive oil and salt in a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  2. Spread on toast.
  3. Garnish with cilantro and radish
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Roasted Parsnip Soup + Apple with Pecan Gremolata

Recipe by VegOut! Challenge Ambassador & Chef Erin O’Leary Stewart of DEFINE Foods

Roasted Parsnip Soup + Apple with Pecan Gremelota
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Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Roasted Parsnip Soup + Apple with Pecan Gremelota
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4-6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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Servings: people
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Toss the parsnips and apple in a bowl with 1 Tbsp oil, sea salt and black pepper. Spread evenly onto a foil-lined bake sheet and roast until fork tender, about 20- 25 minutes.
  3. To make the Pecan Gremelota, toss the shaved Brussels in a small bowl with the pecans, parsley, pomegranate seeds, lemon juice and zest, plus 1 Tbsp olive oil. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. Transfer the parsnips and apples to a blender. Add the stock and puree until smooth. Add the maple, and season with more salt and pepper. Pour soup into a large saucepan and heat over medium heat until warmed through.
  5. To serve, spoon into bowls and season with gremolata.
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Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Millet, Grapes + Autumn Leaves

Recipe by VegOut! Challenge Ambassador & Chef Erin O’Leary Stewart of DEFINE Foods

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Millet, Grapes + Autumn Leaves
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4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Millet, Grapes + Autumn Leaves
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20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To make the dressing, whisk together the Dijon, maple and vinegar. Drizzle in the olive oil, whisking to combine. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. To make the millet, place the millet in a small saucepan on low and allow to dry toast for a few minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cover and allow to cook, simmering for 15 minutes. Take off the burner and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Toss the cooked millet with some of the dressing and set aside. This can be done up to a day in advance. The longer the millet marinates in the dressing, the better. Store in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  4. Toss the squash, grapes and shallot in a large bowl with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Spread onto a foil-lined half sheet pan and roast in the oven for 20 minutes until the squash is fork tender.
  5. To assemble, plate some of the squash rings on a platter or plate, layering with the millet, greens and grapes. Drizzle any pan drippings and spoon a little more dressing on top. Garnish with walnuts and sea salt. Serve at room temperature.
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