Green Tomato and Apple Pie

Posted by: Jan B 09-12-99 10:51 AM

Green Tomato and Apple Pie
Source: Cooking Live Primetime Recipe courtesy Ken Smith, Upperline Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

2 (12-inch) frozen pie crusts, defrosted
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 cups peeled, cored, halved (half moon shaped), and thinly sliced tart apples
2 cups thinly sliced, halved (half moon shaped), green tomatoes, with any large seeds removed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 tablespoon milk, to brush crust
1 tablespoon toasted fennel
1 tablespoon ground cardamom

Preheat oven to 450 F. Line an 8-inch pie pan with one of store bought pastry dough and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, lemon zest, apples, and tomatoes cut into half moons and seeds removed. Toss well to coat ingredients. Add lemon juice to prevent discoloration of apples.

Mound apple, tomato mixture into pie dough, mounding it slightly in center. Dot with butter. Add second pastry dough on top and crimp edges to seal. Brush top of pastry with milk and sprinkle toasted fennel and ground cardamom on top.

Bake pie for 10 minutes at 450 degrees, and then turn heat down to 350 degrees. Bake for another 35 minutes, until crust is golden. Let cool on a rack. Serve warm with ice cream or just alone.

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