Sweet Green Tomato Pie

Sweet Green Tomato Pie

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 1 9-inch pie
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
429 Calories
19g Fat
61g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 429
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 428mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 331mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The most well-know dish using green tomatoes is undoubtedly fried green tomatoes, a specialty from the American South. However, it is not the only dish you can make with green tomatoes. You can also use green tomatoes in baking and desserts. This delicious green tomato has a filling of green tomatoes, sugar, and cinnamon, tucked between a buttery double crust pie.

If you grow your own tomatoes, this pie is another way of using up unripe tomatoes that have been knocked off the plant by rain and wind and not by disease, or green tomatoes you need to pick before the first frost turns them in.

With more varieties of heirloom tomatoes and new tomato varieties appearing every year, some of which are green in color when ripe, make sure that you are really buying green tomatoes for this pie. Sometimes the names can be deceiving. For example, 'Green Zebra' and 'Aunt Rubie's German Green Tomato' are tomatoes that are green when ripe.

Like all pie fillings, the green tomatoes need to be precooked first. Green tomatoes are firm and lack the juiciness of ripe tomatoes though the filling still needs to be thickened, which is accomplished by adding sugar and cornstarch. 

Instead of making the double pie crust from scratch, you can also use a ready-to-baked pie crust or a pie crust mix but or course, homemade pie crust always tastes better.

If this pie has inspired you to try other sweet treats with green tomatoes, there's also green tomato cake.

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 medium green tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 2 (9-inch) store-bought or homeamde pie crust pastries

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Sweet Green Tomato Pie ingredients

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  2. Wash the green tomatoes well; peel and slice.

    Wash the green tomatoes well; peel and slice

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  3. In a saucepan, combine tomatoes with lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and cinnamon. Cook the spiced tomato mixture over low heat, stirring frequently.

    combine tomatoes with lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and cinnamon in a saucepan

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  4. Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into tomato mixture. Cook mixture until clear, stirring constantly. Add butter, remove from heat, and let stand until slightly cooled.

    Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into tomato mixture, in a saucepan

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  5. Roll out half of the pastry dough on a floured work surface.

    Roll out half of the pastry dough on a floured work surface

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  6. Line a 9-inch pie plate with the pastry.

    Line a 9-inch pie plate with the pastry

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  7. Pour in tomato mixture.

    Pour the tomato mixture into the pie crust

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  8. Roll out the second half of the dough. Cover pie with top pastry, seal edges, crimp, and cut several small slits in crust to allow steam to escape.

    Cover pie with top pastry, seal edges, crimp

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  9. Beat egg in a small bowl and brush crust with egg mixture. Sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.

    Beat egg in a small bowl and brush crust with egg mixture and sprinkle with sugar

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  10. Bake at 425 F for 35 to 45 minutes, or until nicely browned. Serve warm or cooled and enjoy!

    Sweet Green Tomato Pie on a cooling rack

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