Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pizza Rustica - TWD: Baking with Julia

Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia - Fifth Installment!  The recipe is Pizza Rustica.

First, everyone in the household got excited because "you're making pizza for dinner?!".  I informed them that this was no ordinary pizza, and the excitement level went down slightly.  In the end, everyone ended up liking the Pizza Rustica, even though it didn't fit their idea of "pizza".  In particular, anything with the winning combination of prosciutto and cheese gets approval around here.

I followed the recipe, wondering if it would be too "stodgy" when it was done.  In the end, I thought it was very tasty.  It reminded me of a slightly denser version of a quiche with a lattice crust on top.   I even liked the combination of slightly sweet crust and savory filling.  I used lard in the crust (mmmm....).  The romano I used was very salty, and made the filling a bit salty for my taste, so that's the only aspect I might change - maybe use a different hard cheese, or a little less of it. 
Filling mixed up and ready to go

I'm very grateful that Julia and Dorie included instructions on whether something can be made ahead.  This is turning out to be a lifesaver for me, since I seem to be making these recipes over the course of multiple days because I often don't have the chunk of time all at once.  In this case, I made the crust dough ahead and put it in the fridge until I had time to roll it out and assemble the pie.
It's disappearing rapidly


  1. Looks very delicious- your lattice is picture perfect! We enjoyed this one very much.

  2. You did a nice job. I had fun with this one. :)

  3. Looks beautiful. I also like do ahead recipes or recipes that can be done in stages.

  4. Your pizza looks great! I'm glad it was a hit.

  5. Your Pizza Rustica looks perfectly beautiful! Glad you and your family enjoyed this one!

  6. It looks lovely.
    I told everyone that it was a ricotta pie - I figured it would be simpler to manage their expectations up front :-)