Tuesday, April 03, 2012

TWD BJW Pizza Rustica

This is called pizza, but it's not like any pizza I've had before. I'm a Chicago girl, so I'm naturally drawn to stuffed pizza. I also like thin crust, and I've been known to eat my share of thick crust pizza. (Maybe this is a post for another time....)

Anyway, this is more like a double crusted quiche than a pizza. This starts with a simple dough, though mine never quite came together. It's sweet, which is interesting for a savory dish. I used four tablespoons of sugar instead of the 1/3 cup that the recipe called for. (The Husband pointed out that this may be part of the reason my crust didn't quite work) It ended up looking more like a cornmeal crust than a flour one. It rolled out ok, but I couldn't do a woven lattice. I ended up laying my lattice strips across the top. The edges of the crust browned nicely, but the top and bottom were still pretty pale.


The filling, as written, was fairly plain. It's made up of ricotta, pecorino, and mozzarella cheeses, some eggs, a bit of prosciutto, and not much seasoning. I decided to make a vegetarian version. I caramelized some onions with thyme, then cooked down some portobello mushrooms and spinach. I added that to the cheese/egg mixture and added a good dose of garlic and pepper.

Mine needed a few extra minutes in the oven. It smelled reallygood when it was baking. The verdict from the whole family was a thumb's up with one small caveat. The Girl liked the crust and she liked the filling, but she didn't like them together. The Boy, who normally HATES mushrooms, ate up the whole thing.

Not so photogenic, but delicious!

I would absolutely make this again. I loved the filling version that I made. I really want to try this crust at least one more time to see if I can get a better roll/lattice.

Check out the recipe at Emily and Raelynn's blogs.

54 comments:

Amanda said...

Caramelized onions and mushrooms??!! Yes, please! It sounds delicious and looks great. I wanted more color on the top of mine too!

Miette said...

I had the same problem with the crust being really brown and the lattice pale. Next time I am going veggie as well. Prosciutto was a bit salty for my taste.

Im At Home Baking said...

Yes, the next time I make it I am going to try mushrooms and spinach. Yours came out really nice!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Love the sound of your filling! Wonderful!

Jodie said...

Glad you liked it! It looks delicious!

Heather Kinnaird said...

Great filling ideas!

Flourchild said...

Delicious! It turned out great:)

Anonymous said...

I'm certain that reducing the sugar would have had nothing to do with your crust being weird. Maybe you didnt use large eggs? Sometimes adding more water makes it work out better, or butter or something like that, but if you overwork it or add too much it will affect your dough as well... good looking "pizza" though! :)

Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

wendy (pinkstripes) said...

I'm so glad it was a hit. It looks delicious!

spike said...

Love your filling choices

Cher Rockwell said...

Onions and mushrooms are never a bad idea :-)
I had the pale middle crust too - if I had been on my game, I would have dug out the pie shield (or the aluminum foil)
I think the crust deserves another chance (with a huge helping of fruit filling on top!)

baker in disguise said...

i made a vegetarian version too.. but was not a great fan of the sweet crust.. next time.. the mushrooms i definitely going to be added!!

Stephanie B said...

Garlic! Garlic would have been good... it probably would have played very nicely with the sweetness of the crust. Hmm... interesting idea!

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