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Valentine's Pizza Rustica

I have posted this recipe of my mom's several times. It is usually an Easter dish, but since we will be away at Easter, I decided to make one for Federico for Valentine's week. It was a hit!


Here is the recipe AGAIN!

3 c. flour

1 stick unsalted butter

¼ c. olive oil

2 T. sugar

pinch of salt


Combine flour, sugar, salt. Cream butter and blend with dry ingredients.
 Stir in oil. Add 1/3-1/2 c. ICE WATER (1T. at a time ) until dough is consistency of pie crust. Knead, chill wrapped in plastic for 30 min. Roll 2/3 of the dough into a circle and place inside a 10” springform pan leaving an inch of overhang. Chill shell and the other third of the dough.


2 lb. ricotta

9 eggs, beaten

½ lb. procsuitto (chopped)

½ lb. ham (chopped)

½ lb. salami or soprosatta (chopped)

1 ½ lb. grated mozzarella

6 oz. grated Pecorino Romano
 or parmigiano
½ t. pepper

In a LARGE bowl, combine eggs and ricotta. Stir in meats, cheeses and pepper. Spoon into shell. (Depending on your pan, you may have extra filling. Roll remaining dough into whatever cutouts you want (hearts, bunnies, Christmas trees, a lattice top, etc.) Brush top with egg wash. (one egg yolk and 1 t. water). Bake at 350 1hr. 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. May be served warm or at room temp.

Comments (3)

Barb Cabot:

amazing as always!

Jan :

That's beautiful and I bet Federico was blown away! Again - how do you do it all???


This is a great recipe! I'll make it again for Easter! I do like it with the hearts!

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