|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 19g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||32%|
|Total Carbohydrate 61g||22%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 27g|
|Vitamin C 30mg||148%|
|*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.|
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.
6 to 8 medium green tomatoes
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 (9-inch) store-bought or homemade pie crust pastries
1 large egg
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
Gather the ingredients.
Wash the green tomatoes well; peel and slice.
In a saucepan, combine tomatoes with lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and cinnamon. Cook the spiced tomato mixture over low heat, stirring frequently.
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.
Roll out half of the pastry dough on a floured work surface.
Line a 9-inch pie plate with the pastry.
Pour in tomato mixture.
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.
Beat egg in a small bowl and brush crust with egg mixture. Sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
Bake at 425 F for 35 to 45 minutes, or until nicely browned. Serve warm or cooled and enjoy.