Pizza Rustica Recipe

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This delicious pizza-like Italian specialty, loaded with flavorful meets and cheeses, is most often served as an Easter dish in Italy. One slice of this rich tasting deep-dish pizza creation makes a satisfying complete Italian-style meal.
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Ingredients
  • CRUST:
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, mild or sweet
  • 2 ounces Italian dry salami, thinly sliced (approximately 5 slices)
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced - or any other ham (approximately 10 slices
  • 2 pounds ricotta cheese - freshly grated if using firm ricotta (fresh ricotta would not need grating)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 tablespoons romano cheese
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mint leaves, not peppermint, fresh is best
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Container: 10 inch round cake pan
Directions
PREP
1.5 hrs
COOK
1 hr
READY IN
2 hrs
CRUST:
  • In a small bowl, whisk yeast and water until yeast is completely dissolved. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, process the flours, salt and sugar for approximately 5 seconds.
  • With the machine running, slowly add liquid through the top feed slot. Continue to process until the dough forms a sticky ball and pulls away from the sides of the processor, approximately 1 /12 - 2 minutes.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add 1-2 teaspoons of flour, if it is too dry, add 1-2 teaspoons of water.
  • Divide dough into two equal portions and shap into smooth balls.
  • Place on a floured surface not closer than 5 inches apart.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Let rise until they have doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
  • Dust the dough with flour.
  • Using the palms of your hands, press the dough into an 8 inch disk. Working along the outside edges, stretch the dough into a 12 inch circle.
FILLING:
  • Slice sausage into 3/8 inch rounds.
  • Brown sausage in 1 tablespoon oil in heavy skillet.
  • Drain and discard any greese.
  • Cut the salami and ham into 1 1/4 inch strips.
  • Place ricotta cheese and eggs into a large bowl and stir well.
  • Blend in all other ingredients except the meats. Mix until well blended.
  • Add the meats to the cheese mixture and combine well.
  • Transfer one circle of dough to a 10 inch cake pan that is prepared with non stick cooking spray.
  • Place filling on top of bottom dough. The pie will be quite full.
  • Place second dough on top and seal the edges.
  • Place pizza pie into a 400° F preheated oven and bake for approximately an hour or until the top is browned.
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve at room temperature.
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