Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica, a special Italian ham pie packed with meat and cheeses, is often served on Easter to break the Lenten fast.  It is a bit time-consuming to make, but well worth the effort.
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins

Ingredients
  

Pastry

  • 8 Nature's Yoke eggs, jumbo
  • 8 tbsp Crisco shortening
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp coarse ground pepper
  • 5 cup bread flour
  • 3/4 cup water, approximately

Filling

  • 6 Nature's Yoke eggs, hard-boiled
  • 6 Nature's Yoke eggs, beaten
  • 2 lb basket cheese
  • 3/4 lb fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 lb Italian Prosciutto ham (or) 1 lb. boiled ham and 1 lb. Prosciutto
  • 2 cup Romano cheese, grated
  • coarse ground pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

Pastry

  • Mix Crisco and eggs together in a Kitchen Aid or Bosch mixer. Change to a dough hook.
  • Add baking powder, salt and pepper. Add bread flour, one cup at a time. Add the water, a little at a time and continue to knead in mixer until a moist dough forms. Divide the dough into 6 balls, cover and set aside.

Filling

  • Dice the hard boiled eggs, ham and the cheeses into 1/4 inch cubes. Add the beaten eggs and pepper. Mix well. Stir in grated Romano until a wooden spoon stands by itself in the mixture.

TO ASSEMBLE:

  • Grease the bottom and sides of 3 loaf pans. Roll out 3 balls of dough and press into pans. The dough should hang over the edge an inch.
  • Spoon the filling mixture into each loaf pan, patting it down with the back of a wooden spoon to remove any air pockets.
  • Roll out remaining 3 balls of dough and top each loaf with pastry sheet. Roll and seal the edges together. Cut 3 slits in the top crust to let steam escape.
  • Bake at 350 F. for 45 minutes. Cover with foil and bake 30-45 minutes more. Let the loaves cool before slicing into 1" thick slices. Many prefer eating this dish cooled or at room temperature. The loaves can be frozen.
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