Every region of Italy has a different version of Easter Pie, or as my family calls it, Easter Pizza. These pizzas are traditionally made with a sweet homemade pie crust. Some families use ricotta cheese or vegetables. Others use sausage and rice. In my extended family, everyone makes their own version but they all include ham and some kind of cheese. This "pizza" is an easy, versatile dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, whether it be for Easter brunch or as an appetizer before your Easter dinner. We usually serve ours as a hot appetizer but we eat it throughout the week. My mother's version of Easter Pizza is savory and easy, and is a hit every year. No one makes this delicious Easter better than my beloved mother! And this Easter, I am sharing this secret family recipe with you!
Fairytale Easter Pizza
1 package of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts)
12-14 large eggs
3/4 cup of milk
1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 handful of chopped curly Italian parsley
1/2 pound of thin-sliced Munster cheese
1/2 pound of thin-sliced pepper ham
Salt + pepper
1) Roll out one Pillsbury pie crust and fit into a 9 or 10 inch pie pan.
2) Crack all eggs into a bowl. Add milk. Beat with an electric mixer until the mixture becomes frothy and light.
3) Add the Parmesan cheese and parsley. Lightly beat again until combined.
4) Layer the bottom of the crust with a thin layer of the pepper ham.
5) Add a layer of the Munster cheese on top of the ham.
6) Top the ham and cheese layers with about 1/3 of the egg mixture, or just enough that the ham and cheese layers are covered.
7) Repeat step numbers 3 through 5 two or three times, laying the ham, cheese and egg mixture until the pie is filled.
8) Once the pie is filled, roll out the second Pillsbury pie crust and gently lay on top of the pie, squeezing the ends of the two crusts together. Brush the top of the crust with an egg yolk.
9) Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted into the center and comes out dry.
10) Serve and enjoy! This pie tastes wonderful at room temperature, but I also enjoy it reheated in an oven. Can be made ahead of time.
Hope everyone has a magical and happy Easter holiday!
For last years Easter blog, the Bunny Cake recipe, click here.