Here in Texas, we’re coming to the end of home grown tomatoes.  It’s getting too hot for the plants to set fruit.  If you are lucky enough to have some beautiful ripe tomatoes, here’s a great way to serve them as a meatless main dish.  

Marian Petersheim’s Tomato Pie

1.  Mix until consistency is right to press into bottom of pie dish:

     2 cups Bisquick

     1/2 cup milk

2.  Slice 2 medium tomatoes and line the crust.

3.  Sprinkle evenly with:

     1 tsp basil

      1 tsp parsley flakes

     1/2 tsp thyme leaves

     1/2 tsp oregano

      1/2 tsp onion powder

      1 tsp brown sugar

      salt and pepper to taste

4.  Mix together and spread over tomatoes and spices:

     1 cup mayonnaise

     3/4 cup shredded American cheese

5.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.


Marian Petersheim is the mother of the main character, Leah, in the novella, A Change of Heart.  Leah tries to make this tomato pie for her friend, Aaron, because it’s his favorite, but poor Leah struggles with all domestic tasks. She messes up everything she tries to cook or sew.  Leah would much rather be writing inspirational stories, an endeavor her family and community feels is frivolous.

From A Change of Heart by Beth Wiseman, 2009,