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Pizza Rustica

by . Featured in HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS
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Introduction

Pizza rustica is not a pizza in the way that we've come to understand it, though anyone who's spent time in Italy might well have come across it. The word pizza simply means pie, and this term denotes a deep, pastry-encased creation.

Pizza rustica is not a pizza in the way that we've come to understand it, though anyone who's spent time in Italy might well have come across it. The word pizza simply means pie, and this term denotes a deep, pastry-encased creation.

Pizza Rustica
Photo by Petrina Tinslay

Ingredients

Makes: 8-10 good-sized slices

Metric Cups

For the Pastry:

  • 125 grams cold unsalted butter (cut into 1cm / ½ inch cubes)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons iced water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon salt (heaped teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 250 grams plain flour (preferably Italian 00)

For the Filling:

  • 50 grams luganega (skinned, or mild pure pork sausage)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250 grams ricotta cheese
  • 50 grams smoked provolone (diced)
  • 125 grams mozzarella (crumbled)
  • 50 grams freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ clove garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • 2 pinches of chilli powder (or crushed dried red chillies)
  • 100 grams prosciutto (cut into small pieces)
  • 100 grams mortadella (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • black pepper
  • 1 heaped tablespoon dried breadcrumbs (heaped tablespoon)

For the Glaze

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the Pastry:

  • 9 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (cut into 1cm / ½ inch cubes)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons iced water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon salt (heaped teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour (preferably Italian 00)

For the Filling:

  • 2 ounces luganega (skinned, or mild pure pork sausage)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 ounces smoked provolone (diced)
  • 4 ounces mozzarella (crumbled)
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ clove garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh italian parsley
  • 2 pinches of chili powder (or crushed dried red chillies)
  • 4 ounces prosciutto (cut into small pieces)
  • 4 ounces mortadella (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • black pepper
  • 1 heaped tablespoon dried breadcrumbs (heaped tablespoon)

For the Glaze

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 pinch of salt

Method

  1. Put the flour and butter in a dish, and put this dish in the deep freeze for 10 minutes. Stir together the yolks, water and salt in a cup, and put this cup in the fridge. Then, when time's up, tip the flour and butter into the bowl of the processor, add the sugar and pulse to combine: you want a soft crumbly mass, somewhere between sand and porridge oats. Bind with the egg yolks, water and salt, and when it looks like it's on the verge of coming together (you have to stop slightly short of this actually happening), tip the pastry out and wodge it together with your hands. Don't worry, though, if the pastry is a little too damp: I find one of the miracles of this pre-freezing pastry technique is that it makes it more foolproof on every level. It always seems to roll out well.
  2. Divide into two discs, one somewhat larger than the other, and put both into the fridge to rest wrapped in clingfilm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6/400ºF, put in a baking sheet, and get on with the filling. Fry the sausage in the oil for about 5 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, then transfer it to a bowl and let it cool. At which time, add all the other ingredients except the breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly.
  4. Roll out the larger disc of pastry to cover the bottom and sides of a 22cm springform tin, leaving a few centimetres' overhang. Sprinkle the bottom of the now pastry-lined tin with breadcrumbs, and then fill with the hammy, eggy mixture waiting in its bowl. Roll out the smaller disc to make the lid, place it on top of the filled pie, turn over the edges of the overhang to form a border and press down with the tines of a fork.
  5. Just before baking, glaze the pie by brushing over the milky, salty egg, stab it here and there with the prongs of a fork to make steam holes, and place it on the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Give it 10 minutes at this temperature, then turn it down to 180ºC/gas mark 4/350ºF and bake for a further 45 minutes.
  6. Leave the pie to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving it, but it's at its best after about 25. It's still wonderful at room temperature, though, and I long for leftovers too, eaten standing by the fridge's open door the next day.
  1. Put the flour and butter in a dish, and put this dish in the deep freeze for 10 minutes. Stir together the yolks, water and salt in a cup, and put this cup in the fridge. Then, when time's up, tip the flour and butter into the bowl of the processor, add the sugar and pulse to combine: you want a soft crumbly mass, somewhere between sand and porridge oats. Bind with the egg yolks, water and salt, and when it looks like it's on the verge of coming together (you have to stop slightly short of this actually happening), tip the pastry out and wodge it together with your hands. Don't worry, though, if the pastry is a little too damp: I find one of the miracles of this pre-freezing pastry technique is that it makes it more foolproof on every level. It always seems to roll out well.
  2. Divide into two discs, one somewhat larger than the other, and put both into the fridge to rest wrapped in clingfilm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6/400ºF, put in a baking sheet, and get on with the filling. Fry the sausage in the oil for about 5 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, then transfer it to a bowl and let it cool. At which time, add all the other ingredients except the breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly.
  4. Roll out the larger disc of pastry to cover the bottom and sides of a 22cm springform tin, leaving a few centimetres' overhang. Sprinkle the bottom of the now pastry-lined tin with breadcrumbs, and then fill with the hammy, eggy mixture waiting in its bowl. Roll out the smaller disc to make the lid, place it on top of the filled pie, turn over the edges of the overhang to form a border and press down with the tines of a fork.
  5. Just before baking, glaze the pie by brushing over the milky, salty egg, stab it here and there with the prongs of a fork to make steam holes, and place it on the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Give it 10 minutes at this temperature, then turn it down to 180ºC/gas mark 4/350ºF and bake for a further 45 minutes.
  6. Leave the pie to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving it, but it's at its best after about 25. It's still wonderful at room temperature, though, and I long for leftovers too, eaten standing by the fridge's open door the next day.

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