Late Summer Tomato Pie

Hey y'all! I hope you're enjoying your Labor Day Weekend so far. I know I am. I hope you've got big plans for yourselves. And I hope they involve giving this Tomato Pie a try. Now, I know today is technically National Cheese Pizza Day, and this is kind of a pizza... though it isn't super cheesy. But humor me. You won't even miss it.

What makes this recipe so spectacular is the quality and simplicity of the few ingredients. If you're anything like me, you have an abundance of tomatoes at this time of year - or if not, they are super easy to find at the market. For this, I use heirloom tomatoes in a bunch of different sizes, some seedless tomato sauce, dried oregano, fresh basil, and garlic. And of course, pizza dough. Check out this oh so simple recipe below:

Use a 1 lb ball of pizza dough (which most grocery stores carry these days) or you can make it from scratch. There's a ton of great pizza dough recipes out there, but you can give my homegirl Laura Vitale's recipe a try here if you've got some time and wanna make your own. Let it sit on a floured surface at room temp about 30 minutes until its nice and pliable while preheating your oven to 450 degrees. Once its easy to work with, stretch it out a bit and place it into a well seasoned cast iron pan. Pop it in the oven while it finishes preheating (maybe 5 minutes) to let the crust soften a bit more, and take it out.

Top with a generous spread of seedless tomato sauce, arrange slices of tomatoes, and thinly sliced garlic, a hearty pinch of oregano, drizzle of olive oil and bake it in the oven about 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. You know what pizza is supposed to look like. When it comes out of the oven, top with some freshly chopped basil, and freshly shredded parmesan (the good stuff). Oh my Gwyneth is this ever good.

Give this a try. It's so easy. You won't regret it. Be sure to comment if you give it a try, and let me know how much you loved it. And I know you will. x