Italian Easter Pie
Every Easter my mom, grandma and aunts would make two easter pies, one a meat and ricotta filled pie and a second one, sweet ricotta and rice pie. In the book, In Nonna's Kitchen by Carol Field there is a recipe for Pizza Rustica Neopolitan. It is very much like the meat filled Easter pie of my childhood. I tried the recipe today for the first time. The pastry crust was a bit strange for me as it was made with olive oil, flour, salt and water, I'd never made a crust from those ingredients before. For the filling, I first made some whole milk ricotta and then added eggs, mortadella, salami, homemade romano cheese and parmesan along with fresh ground nutmeg and black pepper. Baked in a spring form pan, this Easter pie came out well. I can't wait to taste it tomorrow as part of our lunch.