I made the pie for an event, but I had to test it to make sure it wasn't poisonous. :)I made the pie for an event, but I had to test it to make sure it wasn't poisonous. :)
Apparently I don't know how to flute a pie crust. Lesson learned.Apparently I don't know how to flute a pie crust. Lesson learned.
Prepare your top crustPrepare your top crust
Add the filling to your pie crustAdd the filling to your pie crust
Mix everything together and start to become skeptical that this is going to taste like pieMix everything together and start to become skeptical that this is going to taste like pie
And lemon juiceAnd lemon juice
Add lemon zestAdd lemon zest
Mix up your sugar and spicesMix up your sugar and spices
Notice how weird stuff looks up closeNotice how weird stuff looks up close
SliceSlice
RinseRinse
Select your green tomatoesSelect your green tomatoes
Tomatoes, disguised as pieTomatoes, disguised as pie
  • I made the pie for an event, but I had to test it to make sure it wasn't poisonous. :)
  • Apparently I don't know how to flute a pie crust. Lesson learned.
  • Prepare your top crust
  • Add the filling to your pie crust
  • Mix everything together and start to become skeptical that this is going to taste like pie
  • And lemon juice
  • Add lemon zest
  • Mix up your sugar and spices
  • Notice how weird stuff looks up close
  • Slice
  • Rinse
  • Select your green tomatoes
  • Tomatoes, disguised as pie

Green tomato pie. Okay, it sounds weird. Let’s just get that out in the open. I was skeptical. But when I read about it from Eric at Chert Hollow Farm, I knew I had to try it. Plus it just so happened that we had a glut of green tomatoes and I had no idea what to do with them.

There are a ton of different recipes out there for green tomato pie. They’re all similar, but with minor variations. I decided to go with this recipe from Betty Crocker, and made it with Joy the Baker’s recipe for pie crust. The only modifications I made to the pie filling were splitting the total spice amount between both nutmeg and cinnamon, and adding a couple tablespoons of flour to filling at the end to make sure it wouldn’t be too runny.

Oh. Man.

This stuff is amazing. I made it for an event at work and made people try it without knowing what it was. I got all sorts of interesting guesses. Green beans? Lemons? Banana peppers? They were totally convinced it was banana peppers.

It does take some time to slice up all the tomatoes, especially if the tomatoes are small like mine were. Next time I think I’d try using the slicer attachment on my food processor to cut down on the time commitment.

And can we just talk for a moment about Joy the Baker’s pie crust? First of all, I had never EVER in my life made a two-crust pie. Ever. Secondly, I’ve never been much of a fan of pie crust. I always thought it was okay, but it wasn’t great. Joy the Baker’s pie crust is great. It tastes like pure butter, which is only mostly true. And as a pie newbie, Joy’s recipe walked me through step by step. Now that I’ve done it once I know what I can do better next time. But for my first two-crust pie, I think it was not too bad at all. If you’re looking for a pie crust recipe, make this one and thank Joy for her buttery brilliance.

Also, if you find yourself with a glut of green tomatoes and want to preserve the green tomato pie filling, there is a version of the same recipe that is suitable for canning. I decided against it because I’m not a big fan of raisins in sweet dishes, plus most of our green tomatoes are now ripening nicely in our basement.

So, what do you think? Would you give it a shot?

6 Responses to “Green Tomato Pie? I’m a believer.”

  1. What Pigs Don't Know
    21 November 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I’ve never had green tomato pie before, but this looks amazing. Now if I could only figure out how to grow tomatoes…. -Carrie

  2. CoMo Homestead
    21 November 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Why don’t your tomatoes grow? Has it been too hot for them?

  3. What Pigs Don't Know
    29 November 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    I’m a tomato-growing loser! Seriously, they despise me! Have never been able to grow a single tomato, though the plants usually do pretty well. My excuse is that we don’t have enough sun – and I’m sticking to it! -Carrie

  4. Eric Reuter
    2 December 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    So glad you tried, and liked, this method. We’ve had the same experience with everyone we try it on, or suggesting it to, loving it.

    Another new use I invented recently, is using green tomatoes in places of tomatillos in Mexican sauces. Combining two Rick Bayless recipes, I roasted a tray of gtoms with garlic and onion, blended them with some cilantro and dried peppers, along with some sunflower seeds to mimic the pumpkin seeds in recipe #2. Came out as a wonderfully sour/nutty sauce that was great on beans and rice.

  5. CoMo Homestead
    5 December 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Interesting! Good to know. Thanks!

  6. joanne myers
    25 December 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Mrs Triplett, thankyou for sharing your life with me. You help me feel encouraged..sometimes with things the way they are in the world, i feel that folks give up, but i see a Spirit in you and your husband that is very positive..thanks alot..i will enjoy making that green pie. i love to bake..since i am 71 i was told that we forget our recipes and don’t follow them and our food is not as good as it should be and they are right. I am going to take a cooking class near me (hudson and Hubbel) and hope i will get that perfection of following the recipe exactly. thankyou love joanne myers