Chuck Hughes’ Tomato Pie with Herb Salad

This savoury pie recipe from Canadian celebrity chef Chuck Hughes combines fresh tomatoes, basil and sweet onions in a delicate phyllo crust with zesty Cheddar topping. It’s so flavourful and presents so well, but it’s super easy to put together!

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Chuck Hughes' Tomato Pie with Herb Salad
Chuck Hughes' Tomato Pie with Herb Salad
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20minutes 25minutes
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    1. Melt the butter. Lay out 1 sheet of phyllo and brush with clarified butter. Lay another phyllo sheet on top and repeat until you have 6 layers of buttered phyllo sheets.
    1. Cut 4 of the 6 tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices and remove seeds. Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels. Sprinkle with 1 tsp salt. Let stand 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Stir together cheddar, gruyere, mayonnaise, eggs, sugar, salt and black pepper in a large bowl until combined.
    3. Pat tomato slices dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle tapioca over the bottom of the crust. Lightly spread 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture onto the crust. Layer with half of the tomato slices in slightly overlapping rows.
    4. Spread paper-thin red onions and basil leaves evenly. Then spread on another 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture.
    5. Repeat layers, using the remaining tomato slices, red onions, basil leaves and cheese mixture. Cut the remaining 2 tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices and arrange on top of the pie.
    6. Bake at 425F (220C) for 30-35 minutes, shielding the edges with foil during the last 20 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 1-2 hours before serving.
    1. Serve pie with herb salad dressed in apple cider vinegar and olive oil.