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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TheChickenChick
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LOL! Enjoy, Tammy. It's just once a year. 😉

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

TheChickenChick
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Enjoy, Grace!

Grace Murray
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Pizza Rustica for Easter at our house this year!

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

Sharron Johnson
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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!

sandi
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Pizza Rustica & Bailey's Irish Cream Cheescake ……… Heavenly!!!

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