When I wake up in the mornings I’m starting to feel a slight chill in the air. It won’t be long until there is frost. It’s time to make Green Tomato Mincemeat.
This traditional “mock” mincemeat has been made by frugal cooks for countless years. And, no wonder–it tastes as good, if not better, than real mincemeat and make the perfect mincemeat pie.
For my husband and me, Green Tomato Mincemeat Pie is an Autumn comfort food. We remember our mothers’ and grandmothers’ (and the church ladies) making this scrumptious pleasantly sweet, yet tart, traditional pie with its tangy blend of spices.
Green Tomato Mincemeat
6 cups green tomatoes
2 cups tart apples
1 cup raisins
2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup strong coffee
1 lemon (grated peel and juice)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Core and quarter tomatoes and apples; put through food processor or chopper. Combine all ingredients in large saucepan. Simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. May be canned or frozen.
Amount: This recipe makes enough mincemeat for 2 9-inch pies.
Green Tomato Mincemeat Pie
1 quart (approx. 4 cups) green tomato mincemeat
1/4 cup flour
9-inch double-crust pie shell
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stir the flour into the mincemeat; place in pastry-lined pie pan. Cover with top crust. Seal and crimp. Cut slits in top crust (or poke top crust several times with a fork). If desired, brush with a small amount of milk; sprinkle with sugar. Bake in oven for 10 minutes; then reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until crust is browned and juice just begins to bubble through slits in crust.