For many years, I enjoyed a dish at Easter I thought to be called “Pizzaguine”. That’s how I heard it, and that’s how I expected to see it in writing. No such luck.
So, after an exhaustive search on the internet, I found out that the dish was actually probably “pizza chiena”. Some people might called it Easter pie, pizza rustica, carnival pie, etc. Whatever you call it, it is basically meat, cheese and eggs in a nice crust.
I figured out the name, but the other trick is determining which recipe is the right one. Unfortunately, there are so many recipes, because “pizza chiena” means different things in different families. Secondly, the nature of the recipe is that it has traditionally used leftover meats.
With this information in mind, a friend and I set out to try to replicate the recipe we both know and love. Remarkably, she and I had very similar ideas of what the dish should be. Rather than slicing the meat, we would cut it into chunks. Instead of layering the eggs and cheese mixture with the meats, we would mix it all together. We even had similar ideas about the meat.
Tonight was the night to make the “pizza chiena”. We ended up with four versions. We used pie dough, pastry dough, and homemade dough for the crusts. We used basically the same egg and cheese base with some “base” meats. Each version was enhanced with variations of sharp and mild meats and cheeses.
Here are most of the ingredients I used. I need to get the recipe from my friend, then I’ll fill in the details.
- ricotta cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- parmesan cheese
It’s not healthy eating, but it sure is delicious. Have you made “pizza chiena”? What is your recipe? Do you call it something else?
Breakfast: Lowfat Granola Cereal; Yogurt, nonfat; Raisins; Bread, rye; Morning Coffee
Morning Snack: Ham, low-fat; Mandarin Oranges
Lunch: Chicken and Pasta in Cacciatore Sauce; Cabbage, raw; FF Dressing
Afternoon Snack: Zesty Herb Snack Mix
Dinner: Chicken Pasta Parmesan; Brussel Sprouts, cooked; Mandarin Oranges; Oil, canola, olive, peanut, safflower; Pasta, cooked al dente
Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
Drinks: Crystal Light; diet soda
Exercise: none today.