Monday, May 28, 2012

Easter Pie Cocco Family Tradition By

Traditional savory meat pie prepared as part of Easter celebration. aka pizza rustica, carnival pie, ham pie, easter meat pie

  • 1 ½ lb sausage sweet, fresh
  • 1 lb ham sliced
  • 1 small pkg. 8oz. mozzarella sliced
  • ½ dozen small eggs hard boiled sliced in half
  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • nonpareils
  • fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 raw eggs
  • ¼ lb margarine
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 5 cups bread flour approx.
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cake/pkg of fresh yeast
Boil ½ dozen eggs. Cool, shell, slice in half and store. Parboil the sausage, cool and slice diagonally into approximately ¼ inch slices. Slice the ham and mozzarella. The above can be prepared the evening before the preparation of the pie.

Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir to dissolve. Add part of the flour (about 2 cups) and the remaining dough ingredients. Beat until smooth and well blended. Gradually add the remaining flour to make a soft bread dough that does not cling to the sides of the bowl. Knead 5 to 7 minutes by machine or until smooth and elastic by hand. Put into a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled. Punch the dough down and let rest for about 15 minutes.Preheat oven to 350-400.

Prepare ricotta filling by mixing 2-3 eggs into the ricotta and beating until smooth and creamy. Divide the dough in half. Roll out one portion to cover a medium to large sized pizza pan or cookie sheet. Place the dough on the pan and fill as follows (CAUTION: do not deviate from the specified layering sequence). layer of sausagelayer of hamlayer of mozzarellalayer of ricotta fillingarrange 6 boiled egg halves on top of the ricottasprinkle chopped parsley over all.Roll out the remaining portion of dough and use to cover the pie. Wet the edges with water, pinch together and roll under the pie (the edges should be trimmed to even up or remove excess dough). Cut several holes in the top crust with a scissors. Bake until golden brown (3/4 to 1 hour).Prepare an egg wash by beating one egg yolk, sugar and water. As soon as the pie is removed from the oven brush the top with the egg wash and sprinkle with the nonpareils. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes before cutting.

This dish is traditionally prepared on the Holy Saturday and eaten as the noon meal. If any is left, it is good served cold for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.Invite good friends and enjoy!

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 3 hours *includes dough rising
Serves: 10 - 15

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