Mar 24, 2013

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #27 with Pizza Rustica Recipe

Pizza Rustica, aka: Pizzagaina or Pizza Gain
Pizza Rustica is a traditional, Italian dish that is served at Easter; it's part pastry, part pie, part quiche and part deli platter. It is also referred to as Pizzagaina or Pizza Gain. The recipe that was handed down to me has been passed down in my husband’s family for generations. I tweaked Grandma Sue’s recipe just a little with my husband’s assurance that Grandma Sue would have been okay with it. Pizza Rustica is typically served at room temperature as an appetizer and, without fail, ruins my appetite for Easter dinner annually. I could live on the stuff. It probably should be served with a defibrillator or at least a warning from the Surgeon General that it's both addictive and a heart-health hazard. But it's worth it. 
Ingredients for pizza rustica
While this dish calls for pie crusts on the top and bottom, I happen to feel that pie crust just gets in the way of the good stuff, so I omit the top crust, justifying the omission as being calorie-saving- as if it matters!
PIZZA RUSTICA
INGREDIENTS
1 prepared pie crust, blind-baked (if you prefer a top crust, add it on top of filling prior to baking)
1 pound sweet sausage, cooked and crumbled
½ pound sharp provolone, diced
½ pound prosciutto, diced
½ pound mozzarella, diced
¼ pound salami, diced
¼ pound pepperoni, diced
4 ounces freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
4 ounces freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
3 pounds ricotta cheese (traditionally, fresh basket cheese is used)
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
9 eggs, beaten
Freshly ground, black pepper
PREPARE BOTTOM CRUST
 Blind-baking prevents the crust from becoming soggy- here's how to do it:

Preheat oven to 400° F. Roll the dough to line bottom of 10” x 15” rectangle baking pan. Dough can come up the sides a bit. (If using 2 crusts, dough should come all the way up the sides of the pan.)  Prick the crust all over lightly with a fork. Place a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil on top of crust. Place uncooked rice or uncooked, dried beans on top of foil. Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes. Cool & carefully remove the parchment paper/foil and weights. 
Pizza Rustica crust
PREPARE FILLING
Preheat oven to 375°F
Mix the beaten eggs, pepper, chives and grated cheeses in a huge bowl. Add ricotta & combine well. Add meats & remaining cheeses and combine well. Pour filling into prepared crust (if using 2 crusts, add second crust at this point, crimp bottom & top crusts together, prick air holes with a knife & brush with egg wash). Bake a 375°F for one hour. Serve hot from the oven, at room temperature or cold from the fridge- it's all good!
Yield: One ginormous pie that serves a small army.
This is how it looks when it is removed from the oven. When it cools, it sets-up as shown in the first photo.


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Some of my favorite posts and/or the most viewed posts will be FEATURED on Clever Chicks next week! I will also pin them to my “Clever Chicks” Pinterest board. The featured bloggers are invited to brag about how clever they are by posting the Clever Chicks "Featured” button on their blogs!

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Clever Chicks Blog Hop #27
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87 comments :

  1. I'm definitely trying that Pizza Rustica recipe!
    I'll have to substitute non pork ingredients, though. Sadly, I'm allergic.

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  2. Debbie-Dabble3/24/13, 9:30 PM

    Thanks so much for hosting!!


    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  3. Barbara Falzone3/24/13, 9:52 PM

    I do believe I live all yearbfor this pie!! Your recipe is similar to mine, love your description of it! I want a piece right now, not kidding. xo

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  4. Barbara Falzone3/24/13, 9:53 PM

    I do believe I live all year just to eat this pie at Easter. Your recipe is very similar to mine, and I love your description if it! I want a piece right now!! xo

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  5. Yum. That looks like a great dish for more occasions than Easter.

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  6. Diana Hansen3/24/13, 10:05 PM

    Thanks for hosting!!

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  7. Ill be making this one for sure!

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  8. That looks like a very cute children s book.

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  9. Love your blog . . makes me want to have chickens in the back yard . . but.not being a real organized person, I know this isn't something for me :(

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  10. Cathy Trochelman3/25/13, 12:04 AM

    Thanks for hosting, Kathy! Have a wonderful week!
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

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  11. Thanks so much for the hop!!

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  12. I love rustic Italian food - paste e fagiole is one of my big faves. The pizza rustica looks fab. Thanks so much for hosting - Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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  13. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts3/25/13, 4:12 AM

    Kathy,
    Wow, that pizza looks much more hearty and substantial than the salmon and arugula pizza I'm linking up today. I'd like to dig my fork into that.
    I'm also linking up some Easter recipe ideas, an easy Slow Cooker Chicken & Chick Pea Tikka Masala dish I made, for the very first time, at my in-law's house, and I've started Leftover Ham week on the blog--kicking it off with a ham and bean soup--deliciously seasoned by my daughter, with no salt added.

    Thanks for hosting!

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  14. Mmm that pizza looks so dangerous! Haha. Thanks for the recipe :)

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  15. Hi Kathy,
    I know what you mean about pizzagaine it is my family's tradition. I find I eat it for breakfast for the week after Easter. Love it. I shared an Italian Easter Rice Pie, your husband might be familiar with. It is very traditional. Also, I posted info about a very important event: Food Bloggers Against Hunger. Spread the word. Thanks.

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  16. You have the best contests! Hoping to win one one of these days! Thanks for hosting another great party!

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  17. Thank you for hosting this fun blog hop! I am so excited! We haven't had chickens in several years (a fox ate them all and it was rather discouraging) but we bought 8 Buff Orphington chicks a few days ago! :)

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  18. Awesome features this week. Thanks for hosting my friend. Have a great Easter! Diane

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  19. Teresa Stickels3/25/13, 12:12 PM

    Okay, the Pizza Rustica looks good, but I'm more likely to put the effort into the Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake with the Salted Caramel Sauce! Yum!

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  20. liked you many moons ago. this would be great for the new babes:)

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  21. Of course I already Like you on FB, as myself and my page :-) I would love to win the prize(s) you are offering in this giveaway. I am especially going to enjoy participating in the blog hop. I am just getting back into chickens and this should help me learn lots of great advice from some pretty qualified chicken lovers!

    Thanks for this opportunity!
    Holly
    hollyparper at gmail dot com
    http://hmmmholly.blogspot.com

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  22. thanks for hosting! just shared my butternut squash and cod chowder recipes!

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  23. I follow you on Facebook and the other blogs and love it!!!! Such wonderful ideas as well as help with my chickens....I would love the baby cake and kibbles. Hope I win!!!!

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  24. Thanks for hosting this party. Love your blog and I am your newest GFC.

    Have a great week,

    Bev

    @http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

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  25. Thanks so much for hosting! I really enjoy being a part of your Blog Hop!

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  26. Is this the right place to comment to enter the contest?

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  27. I liked your facebook page. I haven't ever heard of rustica but now I am starving wanting a slice :)

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  28. I like you on fb and would love to win!

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  29. Mickie Stiers3/26/13, 1:40 PM

    Just found your blog--love it! I have 6 two-week Australorps and this is my first foray into keeping chickens! I'll be reading avidly :)

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  30. Debi Bolocofsky3/26/13, 2:52 PM

    Hi Kathy,

    thanks so much for hosting. Also, thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.

    Have a great week.

    Debi and Charly

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  31. morgan johnston3/26/13, 7:41 PM

    Hi, Kathy! Thanks for commenting on my post. I just liked your Facebook page! I've always wanted to raise chickens, so I'm excited to find your blog (in the hopes I ever have a space for chicken-raising)!

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  32. Wow! I just spent a few hours at your blog and got some really excellent tips! Thank you. :)

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  33. Great blog hop and very unique and fun blog! Thanks for visiting mine too. I'll be visiting often.

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  34. TheChickenChick3/27/13, 10:51 PM

    Thanks for linking up, Diane- looking forward to reading both of your posts!

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  35. TheChickenChick3/27/13, 11:42 PM

    Welcome back to chicken-keeping!!

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  36. TheChickenChick3/27/13, 11:43 PM

    It IS! Good luck, Rachel!

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  37. TheChickenChick3/27/13, 11:44 PM

    Happy to have you here, Elle, thanks for linking up!

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  38. Love your Easter egg ideas. I'd love to win the chicken treats or the picture book. Thanks for the chance!

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  39. Yum! Easter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  40. Niknak Paddywack3/28/13, 8:27 AM

    Great blog!...a great online hangout....with giveaways, too?!!?
    I'm hooked!
    Come on ultra kibble...I hope I win!
    :)

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  41. love reading all your info! hope i can win some stuff!

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  42. Love your blog, the photos, the recipes...the tips....and the giveaways! fingers crossed to win a goodie! Thanks again, and Happy Easter to you!!

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  43. great site.i learn alot. plus great giveaways too

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  44. Love following everyone's posts. Lots of informative informations.

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  45. Just 'found' you and love your blog. Thanks for the chance to win something. :)

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  46. Great ideas! Can't wait to try some of them!

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  47. Hmmmm. My son makes fantastic frittata for me, loaded with veggies and some cheese. Maybe we need to try this rustica pizza next!

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  48. Julie Fossum3/28/13, 10:50 AM

    Can't imagine the yard without chickens scratching around. Happy Easter! Love to win~ especially for the chickens.

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  49. disqus_OCx9NJZBhg3/28/13, 10:56 AM

    The pizza gaina recipe brings back memories. My Grandmother would make this when I was younger. It looks delicious! albertaw@winsorhome.com

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  50. Happy Easter! I'd love to win the chicken treats or the picture book.

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  51. I would love to win this time-so would my girls! :-)

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  52. I agree with Niknak Padywack! This is something to look forward to eagerly! :)

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  53. It will be a great treat for my girls !!! juneparolie@hotmail.com

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  54. thank you for all the great inspiration!

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  55. great blog! we enjoy it so much! Hope we win!

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  56. I liked you on facebook already. I found your blog a few weeks ago looking up chicken info. We are gathering our own chicken eggs to start in the incubator this weekend!!! This will be our first batch. We have five hens and a rooster now. We homeschool our 5 yr old, 4 yr old, and 2 yr. old and are so excited for them to have this awesome learning experience also. (We also have a six month old). We would love to win either awesome prize!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  57. So not only do you have great advice on chicken-raising, you also share egg recipes? Awesome!

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  58. We love the contest and want to win - love the book!!

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  59. Maris Toalson3/28/13, 11:31 AM

    I would absolutely LOVE to have one of these items!!! This is my first year raising chickens and it has definitely been a fun adventure so far. I can't wait to hear the results of the giveaway!!!

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  60. Thanks for the chance to win!! Fingers crossed :)

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  61. LOVE pizza rustica!! and love the thought of winning goodies for my baby chicks! thank you!

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  62. I have liked you on FB for awhile now! Would LOVE to win one of the prizes :) You have helped me many times. Thank you for this blog! It is a Chicken Life Saver!

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  63. Thank you for the giveaways! Always a highlight...the recipe sounds sooo yummy, too!

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  64. Linda Powell3/28/13, 12:08 PM

    Thanks for all the tips and other information! Maybe one day I will even win one of the give-aways!

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  65. The pizza Rustica sounds wonderful! and my little chies would love some good treats!

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  66. I just started my backyard flock. I really have learned a lot from this blog and your facebook and the many followers. Thanks!!

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  67. Gonna try that recipe sounds great! An if I don't stop reading all these blogs I'm never gonna figure out how to keep my chickens out of my garden so I can finish it. Thankyou, love your stuff! :)

    Alyssa Blankenship. dablankenship07@yahoo.com

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  68. O i could use either prise!! I have 21 chicken eggs in the incubator and 15 chicks & poults on order. Plus i will be adding duck & turkey eggs soon. Love your giveways and love your facebook page!!!'

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  69. Thank you for all you do! you are such an awesome source of information and don't think I could manage my new chicks without it!! :) I'm a first timer :D

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  70. Looks good, maybe someone can cook me some :) Please enter me in the contest too

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  71. Hi Kathy!! Thanks for inviting me to link up with your party!!
    I'll be adding it to my list :)


    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  72. Thanks for inviting me over to link up to your party! Have enjoyed a leisurely stroll around your blog :0) Linked up,but put my name instead of the post title (oops!)

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  73. Katlyn Koester3/28/13, 9:02 PM

    So many blogs in the blog hop! How will I ever read them all!? :)

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  74. Marisa Garcia3/31/13, 9:36 AM

    Thak yo for hosting this party! I added a table runner that I did recently!

    This is the first time that I use google chrome,I hope I will be able to leave this message! Have a nice week. Marisa from http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  75. TheChickenChick4/1/13, 12:40 AM

    You did it, Marisa! :) Thanks for linking up with the Clever Chicks!

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  76. Loved the book Once upon a flock! just finished it :-) But my girls would love to win some treats!

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  77. Pizza Rustica & Bailey's Irish Cream Cheescake ......... Heavenly!!!

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  78. Sharron Johnson4/13/14, 11:21 PM

    The recipe sounds awesome! Since I messed up by not starting Mr. Chick's roast soon enough I think I'll try this. There's just the 2 of us, no guests this year, so I might try halving it. Thanks for explaining what blind baking is, saved me from having to look it up! Never heard the term before. It sounds like it's more than enough to count as dinner all on it's own!

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  79. TheChickenChick4/14/14, 12:19 AM

    Better call your cardiologist and have him on standby first, Sandi! lol

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  80. Grace Murray4/14/14, 10:12 PM

    Pizza Rustica for Easter at our house this year!

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  81. TheChickenChick4/15/14, 1:48 AM

    Enjoy, Grace!

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  82. Tammy Eyler4/15/14, 2:51 PM

    OH.MY.GOODNESS........this is going to make my behind big and i don't even care!!!

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  83. TheChickenChick4/16/14, 1:18 AM

    LOL! Enjoy, Tammy. It's just once a year. ;)

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