Pizza Rustica has traditionally been enjoyed by Italians on Easter Sunday as an end of Lent celebration.
A rustic, country style stuffed pizza that goes by many names, including Easter Pie and Pizza Gain or Pizza Gaina, and Pizza Ripiena literally translated to stuffed pizza.
Pizza Dough Crust: Simple ingredient crust. Pizza Filling: Sausage and spinach Cheesy Egg Mix: Eggs, cheeses and meats layer. Egg Wash: Egg wash makes the crust golden.
Step One: Stir together flour and salt
Step Two: Cut in butter
Step Three: Add in the beaten eggs
Step Four: Sprinkle on Ice Water
Add Italian sausage, garlic and spinach to a hot skillet, wilt, and then cool the mixture.
Roll the bottom crust dough and place in the pan. Be sure to leave a little overhang.
Add cheeses, eggs, and cooled meats into the asusage and spinach filling mixture and stir to cover all.
Roll the top crust, pour the filling into the crust, then place the top crust on the pan. Trim and pinch the crusts to seal.
Yes, it tastes as good as it looks! Try this traditional Italian Pizza Rustica for your next Easter gathering, or perhaps on Good Friday!