Tomato & Polenta Pie

tompolentaAt noon on any summer day, there's a certain silence that sweeps across our pastures. It's a livestock siesta and no better time to enjoy the peacefulness of the sun and swaying pines around us. Dane and I think of a savory snack to bring to the breeziest spot on the farm - under the shade of our oldest oak tree.

This season we've collected cherry tomatoes by the buckets - sauces, sun dried and salsa has been happening a lot in my kitchen, but there's nothing like the smell of roasting a tray of fresh picked tomatoes.

This simple pie has a cheesy polenta base that feeds my love for the taste of southern grits. I top it with bright, tart roasted tomatoes - although a variety of garden vegetables could be roasted or sauteed for a satisfying topping.


You will need:

9 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 - 1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp herbs (basil, thyme, oregano), chopped
evoo, drizzle

sea salt/pepper, sprinkled

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients (except polenta) and spread out on a large baking tray. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until lightly carmalized and fragrant. Prepare polenta while tomatoes roast in the oven.

The polenta base:

3 cups dry polenta/corn grits
3 tbsp butter
6 cups water
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Fontina Cheese

2. In a medium saucepan, bring water and sea salt to a boil. Add polenta to the water one cup at a time, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring the mixture with a long handled spoon, to prevent it from clumping.When polenta is thick, stir in butter and cheese.

3. Spoon polenta into a greased 9" pie pan and smooth out. Top with the roasted tomato mixture and bake in oven at 350 degrees for five minutes.

Serves 6