Kibbe’s Tomato Pie

July 12th, 2017

Kibbe’s Tomato Pie that I made at home. YUM!!

Nearly two years ago when we set off into researching, writing and recipe testing Hello! My Name is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty Restaurants (out August 15th!!) we went on a 10-day Southeastern states road-trip from DC down to Savannah to gather inspiration for the book and get back to chef John Gorham’s roots.

Along the way we had plenty of adventures and met all sorts of sweethearts including Kibbe (whose full name is McKibben Dover Nixon) on Halloween of 2015 at Newgrass Brewing in Shelby, North Carolina. Kibbe has spent all her life in Shelby and at the show she was dressed up as a cat and her son’s friend, who she was with, was dressed up as the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, just after the Wolf had eaten Grandma.

It was a super fun night and we talked a bunch about food and cooking and Kibbe told me all about her famous tomato pie. She’s been making different versions of this yummy pie for the past 16 years and when we parted ways I asked her how I could get the recipe. She said to email her when I got home and she wrote her email address on the back of a Newgrass coaster. I, of course, ended up writing to her and she ever so sweetly and generously sent me her tomato pie recipe so I’m sharing my tested and edited version of it with you all here.

It’s tomato time in Portland and if you’re at all like me you are going to be eating as many summer tomatoes as humanly possible before the days get short again and those tomato plants get yanked out of the soil. Kibbe uses whatever ground meat she has on hand but typically it will be one part ground meat and one part ground sausage meat. Kibbe also often ups the cheese/mayo mix when she wants to cover the pie entirely with it. If you want to do that just double the cheese and mayo mix below.

Kibbe!

Kibbe’s son’s friend.


Kibbe’s Tomato Pie
MAKES 2 PIES

2 pre-made pie shells
1 tablespoon safflower oil
1 pound ground turkey meat (dark meat if possible)
1 pound ground spicy Italian pork sausage
1 tablespoon butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
½ cup mayonnaise
2 large tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch slices
2-3 tablespoons of dried or fresh Italian seasonings (we recommend 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano and 2 teaspoons fresh thyme)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and remove pie shells from the freezer.

2. Once the oven is preheated and the pie shells are defrosted fork the bottoms of each shell (poking the tines in to them so that you slightly puncture the shell) several times each and bake them for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

3. Put the safflower oil into a large pan over medium-high heat and add the ground turkey meat and ground spicy Italian pork sausage and brown the meat, breaking it up and stirring it occasionally as you do so, for 8-10 minutes.

4. Strain the meat from the pan and set aside.

5. Discard any fat from the browned meat and then add the butter to the pan and set the burner to medium heat. Add the chopped onion to the pan and sauté it, stirring it frequently, for 5-8 minutes until it is translucent.

6. In a medium bowl stir together the grated cheddar and mayonnaise into a stiff mix.

7. Evenly distribute the sauteed onions onto the bottom of each pie crust, evenly distribute the browned ground meat next and top the ground meat with a layer of sliced tomatoes.

NOTE: The sausage, cheese and mayonnaise all contain a lot of salt and most sausage has a good deal of pepper as well. That’s why we haven’t included any salt and pepper in the recipe. You probably won’t want to add any but give the browned meat a taste and season it if you think the pies will benefit.

8. Sprinkle whatever dried or fresh Italian spices you are using on top of the tomatoes and then evenly distribute heaping spoonfuls of the cheese mayo mix over the tomatoes.

9. Bake the pies in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes and broil them for the last 1-2 minutes so that the cheese slightly browns.

10. Remove the pies from the oven, let them rest for 3-5 minutes, slice and serve. And as Kibbe says, “Take care and eat more maters!”

Yard Fresh Pt. 32

February 18th, 2016
In the past couple years since my friend Gillion gave me a vinegar mother I've gotten really into making them. In this photo I was straining the Riesling vinegar and more plum wine vinegar. Both super tasty.

In the past couple years since my friend Gilion gave me a vinegar mother I’ve gotten really into making my own yummy vinegars. In this photo taken a few weeks ago I was straining the Riesling vinegar and more plum wine vinegar. Both are super tasty.

Since the start of the year I’ve been full-time writing again. I did this for the better part of three years between 2006 and 2009 and at the end of that I said I’d never write full-time again. Well, times change, I’ve learned a few things, forgotten a bunch more and now I’m at it again.

The main difference between then and now work-wise is that I’m now working primarily on books — two under contract including the Tasty n Sons Cookbook with Sasquatch Books (out fall 2017) and a secret Tin House project (out spring 2017) as well as a novel (out sometime I hope!). In 2006 through 2009 I was mostly working on freelance food writing projects and a book toward the end — the first edition of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland.

What remains the same is that writing full-time is fucking hard and it’s easy to burn out if you work a more normal five day, eight-plus hours a day work week. I know that this may sound spoiled and/or crazy since working full-time for yourself writing books sounds so dreamy but I have really strong work ethic so in living the dream I pushed myself a little too hard going into this full-time writing thing again. In the evenings after work I ended up snapping at people and drinking a little too much too often and in general I was just moodier than I want to be. And exhausted — mentally and physically.

Now that I’ve realized eight-plus hours of writing five days in a row every week isn’t sustainable I’m figuring out how to manage my time a little better and give my brain and body breaks throughout the day. Things that have helped with the transition — I got a standing desk, I’ve been taking some mornings off, I’ve been taking more long walks throughout the day. I’m basically just being nicer to myself and changing my perception of what a proper work week is. Work smarter not harder. So true.

Oh, and food. Cooking has always been a form of therapy for me and when I don’t do it enough I feel off and not myself. I think it’s similar to how folks who work out regularly feel when they don’t work out enough. Here are some tasty treats that I’ve cooked and eaten in the past couple months. I hope you’ve been cooking some tasty things too. If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments if you care to share. Happy year of the fire monkey!

Tested these open-faced Monte Cristos for The Tasty Cookbook with anglaise soaked challah, gruyere and spiced maple syrup. Ridiculously good.

Tested these open-face Monte Cristos for The Tasty Cookbook with anglaise soaked challah, gruyere and spiced maple syrup. Ridiculously good.

Since I've been at my writing studio so much more lately I've been making more soups and stews that I can heat up in my electric hot pot there.  Kimchi Chijae is one of my all-time favorites. I use Lauryn Chun's  recipe from the Kimchi Cookbook.

Since I’ve been at my writing studio so much lately I’ve been making more soups and stews that I can heat up in my electric hot pot there. Kimchi Chijae is one of my all-time favorites. I like Lauryn Chun’s recipe for it in The Kimchi Cookbook.

Made with my homemade Choi's Kimchi recipe classic kimchi. So tasty.  I put a lot of brined shrimp in it this time.

Made with my homemade — from Choi’s Kimchi recipe — classic kimchi. So tasty. I put a lot of tiny salted shrimp in it this time.

Sandwiches of course are also great to take to work. I made this one with Edelweiss Sausage & Delicatessen's spicy paprika loaf and my homemade sour pickles.

Sandwiches of course are also great to take to work. I made this one with Edelweiss Market’s spicy paprika loaf and my homemade sour pickles.

I tested The Tasty Cookbook collards at home a couple weeks ago. They're so yummy and taste like they cooked for hours even though they only took 30 minute/ and I've borrowed my friend's pressure cooker for way too long. I need to return it and get one of my own.

I tested The Tasty Cookbook collards at home a couple weeks ago. They’re so yummy and taste like they cooked for hours even though they only took 30 minutes. I’ve borrowed my friend’s pressure cooker for way too long. I need to return it and finally get one of my own. Love them.

I also made this crazy good Mark Bittman pressure cooker black bean soup recently. The best black been soup I've ever made in THIRTY minutes from dry bean to rich, inky, spicy soup. If you have a pressure cooker find this recipe.

I also made this crazy good Mark Bittman pressure cooker black bean soup recently. The best black been soup I’ve ever made in THIRTY minutes from dry bean to rich, inky, spicy soup. If you have a pressure cooker find this recipe and make it. I guarantee you’ll love it.

Started the Toro Bravo cookbook limoncella at the end of January so it has another week before I strain it, add the simple syrup and then freeze it for two weeks before drinking. One of my favorite recipes from the book.

I started the Toro Bravo cookbook limoncello at the end of January so it has another week before I strain it, add the simple syrup and then freeze it for two weeks before drinking. One of my favorite recipes from the book.

In the beginning of January my boyfriend Jimbo and I went to Manzanita for a long weekend and it was lovely as always -- especially this simplest of breakfasts. Pomegranate is always such a treat. And The Little Apple is my favorite grocery on the Oregon Coast.

Early January my boyfriend Jimbo and I went to Manzanita for a long weekend and it was lovely as always — especially this simplest of breakfasts. Pomegranate is always such a treat. And The Little Apple is my favorite grocery on the Oregon Coast.

One of my favorite quick eats at home is doctored up boxed mac and cheese. I made this one with kimchi, lots of fish sauce, gochugaru and sesame for my best housemat in the world Jennifer and I. I want some now.

One of my favorite quick eats at home is doctored up boxed mac and cheese. I made this one with kimchi, lots of fish sauce, gochugaru and sesame for me and my best housemate in the world Jennifer. I want some now.

I made a loaded with okra and shrimp gumbo last month and the best part of it was cooking it the next morning with rice and eggs and cheese. I will be doing this for the rest of my life. Highly recommend it.

I made a gumbo loaded with okra and shrimp last month and the best part of it was cooking it the next morning with rice, eggs and cheese. I will be doing this for the rest of my life. Highly recommend it.

My brother Andy, sister-in-law Laura and I toasting via Skype with the Vanilla Porter that Andy and I brewed when I was home in Cincinnati for Christmas this Christmas Eve. They sent me a package of a few bottles of it as they always do. Crazy good. And so cute.

My brother Andy, sister-in-law Laura and I toasting via Skype with the vanilla porter that Andy and I brewed when I was home in Cincinnati for Christmas this Christmas Eve. They sent me a package with a few bottles of it as they always do. Crazy good. And so cute.

Andy bottling the vanilla porter a few weeks ago. Laura sent me a photo...

My brother bottling the vanilla porter a few weeks ago. Laura sent me a photo…

More home recipe testing for The Tasty Cookbook -- Kyle's Granola with homemade sweet labneh and caramelized apples. I'm not all that into cereals but this one is  awesome.

More home recipe testing for The Tasty Cookbook — Kyle's Granola with homemade sweet labneh and caramelized apples. I’m not all that into cereals but this one is awesome.

Making the labneh for it. Recipe testing till the break of dawn! Love it.

Making the labneh for it. Recipe testing till the break of dawn! Love it.

I've been making homemade fruit wines for years but 2015 was the first year I made Concord grape wine and it turns out it's pretty dang tasty. Not as good as the plum wine but yummy.

I’ve been making homemade fruit wines for years but 2015 was the first year I made Concord grape wine and it turns out it’s pretty dang tasty. Not as good as the plum wine but yummy.

My Grandma Amy came up with a very special recipe based on a detective series that she read and loved called Wolfe Eggs (named after Rex Stout's character Nero Wolfe) that we had and continue to make for holiday breakfasts and now they're going to be in a very exciting secret book project that I can't tell you about but will one fine day very soon. RIP Grandma Amy.

My Grandma Amy came up with a very special recipe that she called Wolfe Eggs inspired by a dish in a detective series that she read and loved. She named the dish after Rex Stout’s character Nero Wolfe — the obese gourmand of a detective. Growing up my grandma always made these for holiday breakfasts and we continue to make them. Now they’re going to be in someone near and dear to me’s very exciting secret book project that I can’t tell you about but will one fine day soon. RIP Grandma Amy.

Another tasty soup that I took to my writing studio -- Melissa Clark's Red Lentil Soup with Lemon in the New York Times. I love red lentils -- so yummy, pretty and quick to cook.

Another tasty soup that I took to my writing studio — Melissa Clark’s Red Lentil Soup with Lemon in the New York Times. I love red lentils — so yummy, pretty and quick to cook.

Pizza night with Jimbo's nephew Jonah, Jimbo's sister Betsy and her fiancee Sara last weekend. We made six pizzas for five humans.

Pizza night with Jimbo’s nephew Jonah, Jimbo’s sister and her fiancee last weekend. We made six pizzas for five humans so there was plennnnnnty of pizza for breakfast 😉

Eat, drink and be hairy!

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