Tuesday, April 3, 2012

TwD Pizza Rustica - Baking with Julia



Yum! This pie had perfect texture!
This weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie is Pizza Rustica.  Most Americans think of pizza as round slabs of yeast dough, slathered in tomato sauce, covered in mozzarella cheese with various toppings. The word pizza, in Italian, means pie. It refers to many types of “pizza” or pie. Pizza Rustica is a traditional pie served on Easter Saturday, to break the lenten fast. Some make it with several kinds of meat such as mortadella, soppressata, and prosciutto. Raised in a family with a lot of Italian influence, I have had Pizza Rustica many times. It is very rich and heavy.  Although, never a fan of Pizza Rustica, Nicks’ version looked delicious. Savory, but not too heavy. For years, I have been making the sweet version of Ricotta Pie for dessert on Easter Sunday, using the Pasta Frolla as my crust. This is one of my best loved desserts! 

Nick Malgeiri is one of my favorite bakers and cookbook authors. Staying true to his version, was the way I chose to go, for the most part. His Pasta Frolla was easy to put together in my food processor and rolled out easily. I then made the filling with a few very miner changes. I added a bit less prosciutto and, included chopped sun-dried tomatoes. That’s it! This pie was not labor intensive. Both the dough and filling can be made ahead. I am saving this Pizza Rustica to serve to my family on Saturday. I read that you could freeze it by cooling it to room temperature, and then wrapping it well. It can stay frozen for up to a month. Let the pie defrost at room temperature and then, reheat uncovered, in a moderate (350 degree F) oven until completely warmed through. Happy Tuesday, everyone!!


For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. You will also find it on Emily’s blog, Capitol Region Dining, and Raelynn’s blog, The Place They Call Home, as they are co-hosting this weeks pick.   There’s also a video of Nick and Julia making the pizza rustica together, which is fun to watch. And please check out the other bloggers who are baking along at TWD.  


Chunks of butter added to the flour mixture for the Pasta Frolla

The dough coming together
Mixing the cheeses with the sun dried tomatoes and prosciutto
Roll out the dough
Ready for the oven
The lovely Pizza Rustica
Light and delicious!

38 comments:

  1. Your pie looks lovely! My family really enjoyed this dish.

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  2. The sun dried tomatoes add a needed splash of color.
    Lovely job, Kathy!

    See you Friday.

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  3. Gorgeous! I like the addition of sun dried tomatoes, pretty color;-)

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  4. I make pizza rustica every year for the night before Easter and you are right - my recipes are so rich! I will be checking this out. It looks heaven;y.

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  5. Very nicely done, Kathy!

    Wishing you a wonderful Easter!

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  6. Looks great and it's huge!!! Great idea with the sundried tomatoes!

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  7. Your pie looks so tasty and golden. Yum!

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  8. This looks so good! I love the way your crust looks so golden brown! I loved this recipe!

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  9. Pizza Rustica is a traditional Easter favorite at our house. The original recipe came from my mother in law and I
    have tried to keep it going. Originally, Hubby and I tried our own dough to no avail, so I resorted to going to the
    local pizzeria and buying two "pounds". The filling is our traditional mix of dry sausage, basket cheese, and
    prosciutto. It actually turns out pretty good, and the left overs I put in the freezer. I love your addition of the
    sun dried tomatoes and perhaps I might try that. Have a great Easter.

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  10. Your pie looks lovely. Thanks for the history and freezing tip!

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  11. Kathy-great add with the sun dried tomatoes. Very pretty piece of china

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  12. The TwD Pizza Rustica looks delicious and beautiful:) Your family is going to be in for a delicious meal on Saturday :)

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  13. Sun-dried tomatoes with the prosciutto sounds like a great variation, Kathy. I really like the color the tomatoes add. Happy Easter!

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  14. Your pizza looks fabulous, Kathy! I have never made this before and I can't believe it - we enjoyed this so much and I will be making another one to take to our family gathering for Easter. I love that plate! :)

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  15. Hi Kathy, the sun dried tomatoes would have been amazing with the cheese and proscuitto - an inspired idea.

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  16. I wish I'd thought of sun dried tomatoes...such a great addition. So pretty and flavorful. Your pizza pie looks so beautiful. Happy Easter!

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  17. Oh, sun dried tomatoes are a fabulous addition!!! Beautifully done, my friend~

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  18. Kathy:
    Your pie looks very pretty — a nicely golden crust. Great idea to add the sun-dried tomatoes.
    -Lisa

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  19. A fantastic pie pizza ;-) Beautiful crust and the filling looks irresistible.

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  20. Sun-dried tomatoes would have been amazing. I'm thinking basil might also be nice. Ideas for next time...

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  21. Nick is one of my favorites too and we loved his recipe! Your pie is beautiful!

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  22. Mmmm... the tomatoes look like a great idea, esp for "pizza"! I love anything with tomatoes!

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  23. The sun dried tomatoes go perfectly with everything else in this pie. I´ll definitely try it next time. I liked your pie a lot!

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  24. Your pie looks great, and I love the addition of the sun dried tomatoes!

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  25. Looks great! I used sun-dried tomatoes as well.

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  26. I absolutely adore food like this! so delicious - wonderful recipe and I can't wait to try it!
    mary x

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  27. Oh, Kathy, I'm just totally drooling over your Pizza Rustica. So perfect and truly amazing with the choice of following the Nick Malgieri method. He is an amazing baker, I have two of his books.
    I only had a small portion for dinner...saving my points for the weekend, but for sure I would go over the allowed points on your amazing Pizza Rustica!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!
    xoxo

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  28. I am always looking for ways to use sun dried tomatoes. My Hubby will love this dish...say the word pizza and he is in regardless of it's contents lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. This looks wonderful.I love that you have made this pie a more manageable size. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

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  30. Well, what can I say, your photos say it all! Reach and filling I think are just two of the words that would describe it!

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  32. This version of pizza looks so good! I'm glad it turned out for you.

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  33. Delicious! What a wonderful savory pie to have out for the Easter table. The fillings sound delicious and it looks even better than a quiche!

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  34. Really like the idea of adding sundried tomatoes! Looks very yummy!

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  35. This looks delicious! I'm marking it to try as soon as I reconnect with my copy of Baking with Julia, which is currently at our summer home in northern Wisconsin. (Oh how I hate being separated from my cookbooks!)

    I love Nick Malgieri too. I attended a cooking class with him here in Phoenix a couple of years ago and learned so much.

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  36. It looks gorgeous and I love the addition of sundried tomatoes. I bet your family loved it. We had it for a family dinner and my father went looking for seconds, but there were none. A ringing endorsement in my book!

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