Pizza Rustica

This dish is not really a pizza, but a beautiful pie filled with ricotta and other cheeses and zing-y prosciutto.

When using a new recipe, I try follow it closely the first time. I should have followed my better judgement in this case, as the recipe calls for a rather sweet crust. For this recipe, a savory crust would have suited my taste buds better. The crust came together nicely in the processor and rolled out easily. It was delicious and flakey — successful in crust terms, but I would use it for a rhubarb or other fruit pie next time.

Making the filling was easy. A note I appreciated on P & Q: Pizza Rustica at http://tuesdayswithdorie.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/p-q-pizza-rustica/#comments suggested draining the ricotta through cheesecloth along with making sure all ingredients are as dry as possible to ensure against a soggy filling.

The results were good, but for me, something was lacking – maybe some red bell pepper and/or mushrooms…I look forward to other “Tuesdays with Dorie” posts for creative suggestions.

I enjoyed the process of making this dish. It was fun and there was some challenge – for me particularly making the lattice top crust.

If you want to make this dish in your kitchen, see the recipe hosts’ blogs – Emily at http://capitalregiondiningblog.blogspot.com/ or Raelynn at http://tptch.com/ starting Tuesday when the links for this recipe go live.

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15 responses to “Pizza Rustica

  1. chris conrad

    Molto bene Deena!

    Let’s have a homemade pizza party soon!

    Ciao,

    -Chris

  2. Jen

    Your lattice is gorgeous!

  3. Nice job on the lattice! I agree about the “something” in the filling :-)

  4. I think the Italian ham brings a lot of taste for me. Your lattice is wonderful

    Ulrike @Küchenlatein

  5. I agree that the filling would be better with the addition of more ingredients. I thought this before I made it but went ahead and followed it as written. Next time I will experiment more!

  6. Your pizza looks very nice. Try to reduce the sugar in the crust and add some of your favorite veggies! We added LOTS of spinach and a dash of nutmeg. My DH would like me to make it again with shredded chicken inside!

  7. Heather

    We enojyed the recipe as is, but next time will definitely add veggies, and maybe some spice.

  8. It’s great that you pushed yourself to try it with a sweet crust though :) Now you know for sure. We would have preferred other toppings in the fillings instead of just prosciutto but oh well we still had this for dinner :)

  9. Very nice :-)
    I think changing up the filling would have definitely added some punch to this, but overall, it was pleasant enough.

  10. Wendy

    Your pizza rustica looks gorgeous!

  11. I thought the filling was a little heavy. Some veggies would have lightened it up and made it better, I think.

  12. It looks great! I would be fun to doctor it up next time.

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