Dawn's Tomato and Cheddar Hand Pies

Nifty idea for you today. When Dawn mentioned her Tomato Hand Pies in one of her Friday links I didn't even write it down, but just let it simmer in the back of my mind until the opportunity arose to try them. So the other day I looked around my kitchen and was surprised to find: 1 single roll of Pillsbury pie crust rolled up in the freezer (!), some nice sharp leftover cheddar in the fridge and fresh garden tomatoes from a farm stand nearby (served yesterday with burrata for our lunch). Mental light bulb goes off...all the ingredients for the pies at hand so I could finally try Dawn's awesome looking little pies.
And awesome they were. You've got to make them. If you have some of your own homemade crust in the freezer, that's even better, but I didn't and the point was a quick lunch for two so I used packaged. No problem, these were scrumptious! That kosher salt and freshly ground pepper on the top? Perfect final touch.

Fresh Tomato and Cheddar Hand Pies
From Dawn at Vanilla Sugar Blog

Pie crust or premade pie crusts 
Tomatoes, sliced very thin 
Extra sharp cheddar 
Extra virgin olive oil 
Salt & pepper 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  
Slice the tomatoes really thin, and let them dry out a bit on paper towels or you will get soggy hand pies.
I used one package of prepared pie crust, rolled it out a bit thinner and cut it in half. On half of each half, I used three thin slices of tomato and some shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Then I folded one half over the other, folded and crimped the edges with a fork.
Place a very thin slice of tomato on top of the hand pie, brush with a little extra virgin olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make sure to prick a few holes on top to let any steam escape during baking. 
Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the edges are nice and crispy brown. 


  1. Tasty and comforting! I'll have to try this recipe soon.



  2. How pretty and I love the tomato garnish on top. Give me a couple of these and a salad and I would have a very happy lunch.

  3. Couldn't be easier and very yummy!

  4. What a quick and yummy meal! My family would love these.

  5. These pies do look good. I must give them a try. Thanks for sharing:)

  6. These remind me of the pasties from the UP, although much better for you. Great recipe Barbara.

  7. Hi Barbara,

    Oh yum! these look so good and with a salad would make a delicious lunch.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy week

  8. Oh how perfect! I wonder if I have the ingredients on hand?

  9. I love these hand pies Barbara look delicious!:)

  10. I can't wait to try these! With lots of green tomatoes waiting to turn red these will be a perfect way to use them. What a wonderful recipe!

  11. These pies with the tomato and the cheddar are my type of snack! Filling, delicious and easy to put together!

  12. I love the cheese tomato filling! These hand pies look scrumptious, Barbara.

  13. What a delicious filling, I wouldn't be able to stop eating this cutesy pies :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. My goodness, two of my favorite flavors together! HI BARBARA! How lovely to see your comment today! I am taking your comment as a YES????? I am putting your name on my list with your link right now. ENJOY and we shall see you on Friday through the following Friday to visit and take joy in the other posts that will share!

    Many thanks! Anita

  15. Add a salad and you've got the perfect lunch! Yum!

  16. I really like tomato and sharp cheddar together so this is making me drool!

  17. I like your hot pockets very much. Anything tastes better to me if I can eat it in my hands!

    ela h.
    Gray Apron

  18. HI Barbara:)
    I'm so delighted to find these hand pies on your blog today. I have never made hand pies before and didn't even think to make them savory. I too am patiently waiting for garden tomatoes to ripen. Oh the things I will be able to do with them when they do! I'll be adding these hand pies to the list! (I didn't realize you could freeze Pillsbury pie dough, thanks for that too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Barbara...

  19. Yay!!!
    So glad you made them. Weren't they good? And so easy too!
    Thanks Barbara for the love <3

  20. these look fun great for summer tomatoes

  21. So nice to visit again, Barbara! I missed your wonderful food and conversation. Tomato pies are relish. I remember them from long ago visits to Italy but never as a hand pie (unless it was a Calzone-- but very different dough). This is far more lady-like! I agree with Sam, add a salad and you have a perfect summer meal!

  22. savory pies always excite me--love the filling here!

  23. My belly is giving some big growls right now for these. I love summery savory pies like this! Tomatoes and cheese are all I want in life right now.

  24. These are definitly going on my mental check list. I'm on an island with very few dining options this summer and this would make a great lunch.

  25. Oh Barbara...these had pies look so good...like the simplicity of these savory pies...
    Thanks for the recipe...hope you are having a colorful week :D

  26. Wow Barbara! These look so good! I could eat some right now :))



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