For some people, summer means bikinis, which means diets and special workouts.
If you are one of those people, this pie is not for you.
Mayonnaise + cheese + butter = embrace the inevitable curves, my friends.
For the rest of us, summer means tomatoes, corn, basil, zucchini, cherries, and a host of other edibles, which we embrace both in their raw, uncomplicated forms and in forms involving as much dairy as we can get our hands on.
This is our pie.
- 2 c. flour
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1¾ tsp. salt, divided
- ¾ stick (6 T.) cold diced butter + 2 tsp. melted butter
- ¾ c. whole milk
- 1/3 c. mayonnaise
- 2 T. lemon juice
- 1¾ lb. tomatoes
- 1½ c. corn (equivalent to about 3 ears), divided
- 2 T. chopped fresh basil, divided
- 1 T. chopped fresh chives, divided
- ¼ tsp. black pepper, divided
- 1¾ c. grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
- Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Cut in cold butter until well blended. Mix in milk to form a firm dough.
- Divide dough in half. Roll out to form two 12-inch circles. Refrigerate until needed.
- Cut an X in the bottom of each tomato. Immerse in boiling water bath for 30 seconds. Remove and plunge into ice bath to facilitate peeling.
- Remove skins and seeds from tomatoes, and slice into quarter-inch rounds. (This process might seem tedious, but trust me, you want to remove all the moisture from the tomatoes that you can. Removing the skins makes the tomato chunks more tender.)
- Remove pie crust from fridge. Place one crust in 9-inch pie pan, trimming edges as necessary.
- Arrange half of tomatoes in pie crust. Top with half of corn, basil, chives, pepper, and cheese.
- Layer other half of tomatoes, corn, basil, chives, pepper, and cheese in pie crust.
- Mix mayonnaise and lemon juice together. Spread evenly over pie filling.
- Place other pie crust on top and pinch edges to seal. Cut several steam vents and brush with melted butter.
- Bake at 400°F for 30–35 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove, cool, and serve with a green salad.
Photo credits: Sandstone from tpsdave on Pixabay.