Recipe Box, Garden Tomato Pizzeria Pie

Thank you so much for all the heartfelt comments last week, and for your feedback  about what you would like more of on the Painted Apron.  You have given me so many ideas and helped heal my heart.  So many requested more painting tutorials. I will be sharing some simple tips and techniques and show you how to paint your own witch, turkey and Santa in the upcoming weeks.

I also got a request from clever Carol B, she asked for some simple recipes for a casual dinner party, start to finish.  I think this is a very fabulous idea and I have already begun planning some posts around this, which will be coming up soon.

I also had questions about my painted tableware. You can see more pieces of my hand painted glassware over at  This is only a small representation and the newest pieces are usually found on the home page.  You can order directly from me and ask questions here.

In the meantime, we’ve got some tomatoes to eat! Or paint… [Waterlogue]


What is your favorite thing to make with big juicy garden tomatoes?  Mine is pie 🙂


This is a big fat pizzeria pie full of Italian sausage, garden tomatoes and topped with pepperoni

garden tomato deep dish pie

Some of these tomatoes are actually from my garden, which is a miracle, because the bunnies have turned it into an All You Can Eat Salad Bar !


I decided that this pie was going to be a deep dish masterpiece that needed a “bigger than pie” dish and 2 crusts


I was using a deep oval baking dish so I laid out the dough rounds, overlapping in the approximate size


Trim away some of the overlapping dough and roll out the seam


Place the dough into the dish and line it with foil.  Fill with pie weights or beans


Fold foil up and over rim in several spots to help keep sides from slumping down.  Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes


Sprinkle bottom of crust with panko crumbs and then a thin layer of Parmesan cheese


Add 1/2 of tomatoes and sauteed onions and peppers


Top with browned Italian sausage


MIx mayonnaise with egg yolk.  I know, what???


Hey, this is a Southern thing, you must use mayonnaise in your tomato pie!


Dollop 1/2 of this mixture over all and sprinkle with 1/2 of cheese


Repeat layers and top with pepperoni


Mama Mia!

garden tomato pizza pie

That’s a pizza pie!!

Garden Tomato Pizzeria Pie

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 7


  • 2 pie crust refrigerated dough rounds
  • 1 egg
  • 4-5 large ripe tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Manchego cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 1 orange sweet pepper diced
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. Italian sausage
  • 20-24 pepperoni slices


  • Preheat oven to 400. Lay pie crust rounds side by side, overlapping according to the size of your pan.
  • Trim excess of overlap and gently roll seam into one large rectangular dough.
  • Ease into baking dish, leaving the sides high and folding/adjusting to fit.
  • Prick dough with tines of a fork
  • Place a piece of foil over bottom and up sides of dish, and fold foil edge over rim in several places to secure.
  • Fill foil with beans or pie weights.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes and remove from oven. Carefully remove foil and set aside. Let crust cool slightly.
  • Turn oven down to 350.
  • Slice tomatoes and lay on a double layer of paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Let sit 30 minutes. Pat tops with additional paper towels. Repeat. Season with salt and pepper after final pat dry.
  • Separate egg and use egg white to brush over the inside bottom of pie crust dough. Let dry. Mix the yolk with the mayonnaise.
  • Saute onion in butter and olive oil until it begins to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Add peppers and cook until pepper is softened. Remove from pan and set aside. Add sausage to skillet and cook until browned. Drain well on paper towels.
  • Assemble pie by sprinkling panko crumbs over bottom of pie crust. Top with a thin layer of Parmesan. Layer in 1/2 of the tomatoes. Dot with 1/2 of mayonnaise mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 of cheeses. Repeat layers, Top pie evenly with pepperoni slices. At this point the dish can be refrigerated for several hours before baking.
  • Bake at 350, loosely covered, for 30 minutes, then uncoverand continue baking for 30 more minutes or until pie is set and golden. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting to serve.
Keyword deep dish pizza, garden tomato pizza, pepperoni deep dish pizza, pizza casserole, pizza pie

pepperoni pie

You might also like Ryan’s Italian Tomato Pie, which is made with  spinach and ricotta


Corn and Tomato Bake is full of vegetables and smoked Gouda cheese

corn and tomato bake

Vidalia Onion and Tomato PIe is basically this same recipe without the sausage and pepperoni

onion and tomato pie

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18 Responses to “Recipe Box, Garden Tomato Pizzeria Pie”
  1. lulu says:

    You’ve taken this beyond the ordinary by making it a pizza pie. I made a quiche this week and lined the crust with tomatoes before pouring in the filling. Do you think it might be true that tomatoes make anything taste better?

  2. Mary says:

    Your pizzeria tomato pie looks delicious and so hearty & satisfying Jenna! Love the addition of the sausage and pepperoni!

  3. Hmmmm… I wonder if this would be good for breakfast! I am salivating as I read.

    I have made tomato pies, and they all call for mayo, so I don’t see anything strange about this at all.

    I have had best luck using roma tomatoes because they have less water. Did these tomatoes make the crust soft?

    • hi Ellen, no I sliced and salted the tomatoes and let them drain really well before I put them in the pie~but it’s nice to know romas work so you can have tomato pie any time~

  4. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Gorgeous tomatoes! Congrats on getting some from the garden-enjoy:@)

  5. Emily says:

    This recipe is a must for me, I’m a tomato loving girl and will try them everywhere! Such gorgeous pics too. Thanks for a great recipe idea! Happy Sunday Jenna…………….

  6. Patty says:

    Okay this is my first E-mail from you. If this recipe is any indication of what is to come, I can’t wait! I actually planted a garden this year – first time – an don’t have too many tomatoes but I will buy some this afternoon to make this. I have to go through back messages and find some more things to make.

  7. Velva says:

    Happy Summer! The summer tomato pie looks delicious. Love it.


  8. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you for all the nice recipes.

  9. Vikki Malone says:

    That pizzaria pie sounds delicious. My tomato vines are covered with tomatoes, so soon I should have an abundance of tomatoes and will be trying out this reciepe. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Erlene says:

    Yum this sounds wonderful. Found you on The Hobnob blog link up and would love if you came and linked up to the Merry Monday link party tonight at 6pm PST.

  11. Kim says:

    You went over the top for this one, Jenna! Oh, my goodness, it looks too delicious for words. I’m proud of you for growing your own tomatoes. They don’t look like “survival of the fittest” tomatoes to me! 🙂

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