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Pizzagaina


  • Author: Dan Pelosi

What You'll Need

  • Crust*:
  • 2 cups flour**
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) of cold butter
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Filling:
  • 3 lbs. ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 10 oz. thick sliced boiled ham, cubed
  • 8 oz. prosciutto, cubed
  • 4 oz. salami, cubed
  • 12 eggs
  • Pepper, lots of pepper

What You'll Do

  1. First thing’s first, let’s get greasy. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter and preheat your oven to 350º.
  2. Next, let’s make the crust. In a large bowl, add 2 cups flour, 1 stick butter cup, salt, pepper, 1 egg, 2 tsp baking powder. Smash until butter is pea sized using masher, hands, or a fork. Add ½ cup cold water. Using your hands, combine all ingredients until a shaggy dough forms. Still using your hands, form dough into tight a ball.
  3. Place your dough ball (me) in 9×13 greased baking dish. Spread your dough into the pan with your fingers evenly around bottom of pan and up the sides.
  4. Now we make the filling. This is the good part, kids! In a large bowl, add 3 lbs. of ricotta like it’s not a big deal and something you do every day. Add in 10 oz cubed ham, 8 oz prosciutto, and 4 oz salami (and feel free to adjust these ratios of meat to your liking!). Add 1 cup of grated parmesan (you can also use pecorino or a mix). Add so much pepper that your wrist hurts from grinding it (that’s what he/she/they said?) or, be less dramatic than me, and just add 2 tablespoons of fresh pepper. Mix all ingredients until combined.
  5. Next, blend 12 eggs together in a blender (or whatever blender-like contraption you have). Add blended eggs to bowl of cheese and meat, pray the rosary, and stir with wooden spoon. I told you you’d need a big bowl!
  6. Grab your pan with your dough and add your cheesy eggy meat mixture to fill it. Place pan into a 350º oven for 60-70 minutes until the top is nice and golden brown. Let cool, then slice, share and enjoy!
  7. Store in the refrigerator as you slowly make your way through this glorious Italian delight. You can reheat slices or eat them cold, the choice is yours!
  8. *Recipe can be made crust-free if preferred! Just follow directions exactly as written, omitting the crust all together.
  9. **Gluten free All-Purpose 1:1 flour can be used.