“Tomato pies are the strippers of the food world: They’re usually ordered for special occasions, and everyone tends to get a little too excited around them. But you’ve got good reason to freak if you ordered from Corropolese Bakery & Deli.” – Philadelphia City Paper
Well said…although I’ve never ordered a stripper for game day. Then again, maybe I just need to live a little.
Tomato pies are indeed utterly delicious, and as I’ve learned, are hard to come by outside of the south Jersey/Philly area. Keep in mind, this is not to be confused with the southern, Paula Deen-style tomato pie that is made with mayonnaise and contained in a pie shell. No, no, this tomato pie is more like a sweet simple pizza, minus the gooey cheese. Before you stop reading right there, let me assure you, you don’t even miss the cheese! (I know! I never thought I’d utter those words.)
I came across my first tomato pie in Norristown, PA, courtesy of Corropolese. And oh yes, I freaked when I had my first taste of that crispy, thick, Sicilian-style crust, covered in sweet, tangy tomato sauce. Nothing else, save a sprinkling of grated parmesan. There is something completely addictive and magical about that sauce. Which is why you need to buy tomato pie by the sheet (as in one sheet tray), because you will surely inhale multiple slices and still want more for breakfast the next day.
Ever since my first taste, I consistently crave this, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and learn how to make my own. While there is really no replacement or substitution for Corropolese, when I find myself far from Norristown this will now satisfy my craving.
I plan on making this crowd pleaser for Sunday’s big game. No promises on a stripper.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: I’ve updated and improved this recipe! See the link below. *****MAKE TOMATO PIE 2.0! *****