Italian Easter Pie

A few years ago, I made an Easter pie or what the Italian’s call a pizzagaina. It was a lot of work but well worth it in the end. I do not have any Italian in me but I would like to make this a tradition for my family in the future. It is a great dish to add to your brunch menu on Easter. Think about giving it a try next year and let me know if you have a different recipe for one worth trying. I must admit that I am not an expert when it comes to Italian cooking but I sure do appreciate it!

2 1/2 lbs ham (sliced thick from deli-counter or cubed pieces of boiled ham)
1/4 lb prosciutto
1/4 lb pepper ham
1/4 lb capicola
1/2 lb salami
1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese
1 lb mozzarella cheese (1 entire brick of whole milk mozzarella, cubed)
1 lb Farmer’s cheese
3 lbs ricotta cheese
1 stick pepperoni (sliced)
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
15 eggs
4 lbs pizza dough


Cube ham meat. Cut sliced meat by rolling & slicing or cutting with scissors. Cube mozzarella. In very large bowl, add ricotta & farmer’s cheese. Add 15 eggs. Stir with whisk. Add 3 heaping tablespoons Grated cheese. Stir in the cubed meat and cheese.

Brush pan with oil then melted butter. Roll out & lay dough. Add cheese/meat mixture. Add top layer of dough and pinch bottom & top dough seams together tightly.

Brush top with oil then egg. Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Bake 350 for about 90 minutes. To check if it is done, stick a knife in the center and see if it comes out hot.

Remove from oven. Brush top with melted butter. Cool 2-3 hours and then refrigerate. Serve on Easter.

2 thoughts on “Italian Easter Pie

  1. Hi Frosting and Feligree!
    I’m new to blogging and it is a whole new world for me. Whenever I see anything with Italian, I stop and start reading. The funny thing is that I am Italian. How much more do I need to know about Italy? But the truth is that the Italian cousine is so vast and there is so many recipes that it would take several lives to cook them all. Anyway! The pizzagaina is a staple for Pasquetta (Easter Monday) a national holiday in Italy when families go on picnic bearing leftover from the Easter lunch. There is many recipes of pizzagaina the fix ingredients are cheese and cold cuts, however some add slices of boiled eggs, cooked asparagous and artichokes. It was a pleasure to see that you are trying a traditional Italian Easter dish…You are my fan!!!!

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