A slice of Southern tomato pie.

The Southern tomato pie is a tomato dish from the Southern United States. It consists of a pie shell with a filling of tomatoes (sometimes with basil or other herbs), covered with a topping of grated cheese mixed with either mayonnaise or a white sauce.[1][2] It is considered a summer dish, to be made when tomatoes are in season.[3]

A sweet version called green tomato pie uses buttered and sugared green tomatoes, with a recipe dating at least as far back as 1877.[4] The taste has been compared to that of green apple pie.[5][6] The sweet version is less common than the savory Southern tomato pie.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Deen, Paula. "Tomato Pie Recipe". Food Network. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Crain, Eula (2011). Best of the Best, from Southern Coastal Ladies. PublishAmerica. ISBN 9781456085827. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "Savory Tomato Pie Recipes". Southern Living. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  4. ^ McWilliams, Mark (2012). "Fried Green Tomatoes". The Story Behind the Dish: Classic American Foods. ABC-CLIO. p. 94. ISBN 9780313385094. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Massie, Larry B.; Massie, Priscilla (1998). Walnut Pickles and Watermelon Cake: A Century of Michigan Cooking. Wayne State University Press. p. 268. ISBN 9780814327944.
  6. ^ Wilcox, Estelle Woods, ed. (1883). The Dixie Cook-book (revised ed.). L.A. Clarkson & Company. p. 222. OCLC 5021592. Retrieved November 24, 2015. southern tomato pie.
  7. ^ "A sweet and savory treat at The Basics has sparked the hashtag, #TomatoPieTuesdays". Star News Online. June 5, 2019.