Our family's version is a pie, as thick as a jelly roll pan is high, filled with various and sundry proportions of egg, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, soppresatta, ham, and black pepper, baked within an upper and lower crust of a classic white italian bread dough. It is spectacularly unique and delicious, yet elegantly simple and straightforward; nothing else I've ever eaten tastes like this, and we ONLY make this once a year. Quality of the final product is not confirmed until the following day, as consuming meat on Good Friday is something even my marginally-adherent Catholic family will not do.
Over the years, we've developed a rhythmn and a set of responsibilities for each person: my mom is an expert dough-manipulator, my aunts have perfected the art of cutting the meats into exactly the right size, myself and my cousins have rotated the egg-cracking and mozz-cutting. I've always enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together in their giant shiny silver bowl, by hand, up to my elbows in gooey raw egg. My aunt Maggie knows exactly how much of the mix to ladel into each pan. It takes three people to cover, vent and egg wash the top layer, and there's always a warm sense of accomplishment when the first pizza goes in the oven.
This year's batch of pizzas was far and away the best batch I think I've ever had. It was also the first year there were no men involved. Hmmmm, coincidence? It takes almost the whole day to make all four pizzas and while we wait between bakings, rollings and fillings, we talk and drink and eat. It's just a wonderful day, one I wait all year for. I won't be sharing the exact recipe for our Easter Pizza--that's just a secret too special to part with--but the pics below give you a general idea as to what's inside and how you make it. Buon Appetito!
|Eight loaves of dough rising|
|Mom starts rolling|
|Expertly rolled and ready for the pan|
|Zoe, Queen of Mozzarella|
|The big ol' mess of ingredients|
|Close-up of the meats, cheese & egg|
|Zoe joined me this year in getting her hands dirty. We're getting ready to dive in for mixing!|
|Action shot of ooey-gooeyness|
|Sealing the top layer of dough|