Green tomato pie isn’t something you see very often in pie cases, but it’s a farm kitchen staple in many parts of the US. It’s a handy thing to have in your repertoire when either a.) your patch gets too prolific, or b.) cool weather and/or an early frost puts the hammer down on tomato ripening. All you need is 4-5 medium green tomatoes, or about 1 3/4 pounds, sliced about 1/4 inch thick.
Prepare your crust and get ready to roll and shape according to these directions here. Once your tomatoes are sliced, prepare the rest of the filling. Combine 1 cup (7 ounces of sugar) with 3 tablespoons (about an ounce) of instant tapioca plus 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a few gratings of nutmeg. Have 1-2 tablespoons of either fresh lemon juice or cider vinegar at the ready. Why are we using tapioca as a thickener instead of corn starch? Because corn starch doesn’t do well in high acid environments.
So then, sprinkle some of the sugar mixture on the bottom crust…
…and add a layer of tomato slices. A lot of people like to add a few golden raisins here and there for color and texture contrast, I’m one of them. Keep alternating tomatoes and the sugar mixture. When the shell is half full, sprinkle on a little lemon juice or vinegar. Sprinkle on a little more when the shell is heaping full.
Add your top crust, cut your steam vents and crimp. Let the pie sit for at least 30 minutes while you preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Apply a pie shield to protect the crust, place the pie on a sheet pan and the sheet pan in the oven. Bake for 1 hour until the pie is lightly golden and the filling is bubbling in the steam vents.
Cool at least two hours — 4 is better — before serving. I took this to a party so I couldn’t slice it for you. Sorry about that.