Pizza Rustica Recipe

Hello Everybody! Today I have for you a delicious Pizza Rustica Recipe that is perfect to make for Easter. Continue reading for the recipe and/or scroll down to the end for the recipe video.

Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 8 oz. ricotta cheese, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup provolone cheese, chopped
  • 8 oz. ham, cubed
  • 8 oz. sausage, cubed
  • 4 oz. capicola, sliced into small pieces
  • black pepper, to taste

Dough Ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 Tbsp. yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pinch of sugar

To make the pizza dough, in a small bowl add 1-1/2 tablespoons of yeast and a half cup of warm water; let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile add 3-1/2 cups of flour , salt and sugar into a large bowl (wooden bowl preferred). Now it’s time to add the yeast and water mix into the bowl of flour. Start mixing the flour and water/yeast, slowly add an additional 1/2 cup of warm water while mixing. Once the dough is evenly mixed and formed into a ball, let it sit in a warm area for 45 minutes. What I like to do is put the dough into a bowl and cover it up with a few table cloths. You will need to make two pizza dough balls for this recipe.

In a big mixing bowl, stir all of the stuffing ingredients together, making sure that the eggs are completely mixed in.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil into a springform pan and brush it evenly all over the bottom and sides of the pan.

After uncovering the dough, it should look relaxed and ready to be flattened. Add a few tablespoons of flour onto your working area, as seen in my pizza dough recipe video. Begin flattening the dough into a pizza shape with your hands and then use a dough roller to flatten it out. Place over the springform pan, letting it completely cover the bottom of the pan and the extra dough hang over the edge.

Next, pour the stuffing ingredients into the pan and spread it out evenly over the pizza dough.

Roll out your second pizza dough ball and drape over the top of the pan, making sure to pack it in close to the top of the stuffing ingredients. Press the top dough into the bottom layer dough to seal the stuffing inside. Cut any of the excess dough off and remove from the pan.

Brush any leftover of the egg mixture on top of the pizza dough. Take a fork and punch holes into the top layer of the pizza dough to create vents. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for a couple of hours before serving. This allows for the filling to cool down and really stick together as one piece.