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Italian Easter Pizza

Updated on April 2, 2015

Easter Pizza

Sometimes called Italian Ham Pie or Pizza Canna, this is one of those must have dishes for Easter in the Italian families. Not all Italian regions made this; mostly the Napolitano's and Perugino's. My mother didn't make this, I got this recipe from a very good friend of mine. She brought this over to my grandmother's house when my grandmother died in 1995. I just had to have this recipe and I have been making it since then.

Most people make this to be eaten on Easter Sunday, which is what I did every other year, but this year I decided to make it the week before because with all the other food on Easter Sunday, it was hard to eat this. You have to be hungry, it's a hearty dish.

It's really a deep dish pizza with crust all around. There are several types of cheese, a lot of eggs and two different kinds of ham, cut in chunks and found like little pearls when you cut into it. Mangiare buono!

There are a lot of different versions of this Easter Pizza, but this is the one I use because it's the one my family likes the best.

Progressive Photos for Easter Pizza

Picture of a cut piece
Picture of a cut piece | Source
After it's baked
After it's baked | Source
Ham cut into cubes
Ham cut into cubes | Source
Cheese cut into cubes
Cheese cut into cubes | Source
Making crust with pastry blender
Making crust with pastry blender | Source
The dough
The dough | Source
Ham and cheese layered on the crust.
Ham and cheese layered on the crust. | Source
The liquid on top of ham and cheese
The liquid on top of ham and cheese | Source
Before it's baked
Before it's baked | Source

Please Vote

5 stars from 4 ratings of Easter Pizza

Can You Cut This Recipe In Half?

  • This recipe may look too much for some of you, so you can certainly cut the ingredients in half and make a smaller version of it.


Are There Shortcuts?

  • Yes, you can always buy the refrigerated store bought crust that you only have to roll out. It will make it a lot easier if you don't like or want to make the crust in the recipe.
  • Also you can buy the cheeses and hams already cut into cubes in the refrigerated cheese sections in the grocery store.

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Fits in a 10" x 13" pan

Tips for the crust.

I have mentioned this in a previous hub, but it's worth repeating:

  • When making any pie crust, handle the dough as little as possible with your hands. The heat from your hands will melt the fat in the dough. It's the fat in the dough that makes a very flaky crust.
  • Also keep the lard or butter, in this case it was Crisco, cold.
  • Mixt it with a pastry blender or a large fork, gathering it together with your hands after the crust ingredients are all blended.

  • INGREDIENTS FOR THE CRUST
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup Crisco, cold
  • INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING
  • 1 lb. ham, cut into cubes
  • 1 lb. black ham capacola, cut into cubes
  • 1 lb. muenster cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 lb. brick cheese, cut into cubes
  • 12 eggs, scrambled with a wire whisk
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • To taste black pepper

Directions

  1. For crust: Mix eggs and water
  2. In a large bowl, blend with pastry blender flour, salt, baking powder and Crisco. Add egg ;mixture to flour mixture.
  3. Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Using flour on your surface and rolling pin; roll out dough leaving some for the top and line the cake pan.
  4. For Filling: Layer ham and cheese in crust.
  5. Mix together the 12 eggs, ricotta cheese, grated cheese and pepper. pour liquid over ham and cheese.
  6. Using flour dusted on your surface and the rolling pin; roll our top crust and roll it out onto the pie. Seal the edges by rolling them together. Cut off the edges that are too much. Brush the whole top of the crust with an egg wash of 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of milk.
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown.

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    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Cornelia, Thank you so much for the rating and the great comment. I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family does. My husband even brings some to the firehouse where he works.

      Blessings to you.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 

      3 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Five-Stars recipe. My little girl and her Polish friend live on pizzas and I should really try to prepare this one to surprise them :)

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Actually, it's easy to cube. You have the buy the cheese and ham in a chunk instead of sliced and put them on a cutting board and cut them with a good knife. Cut long strips first then cut the strips in little squares. Thanks for visiting and for the vote.

      Blessings to you.

    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      Voted up as gorgeous food.

      I was wondering how you cubed your food. I see that it is permissible to buy it that way. Ok.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you very much, Pat for you support and great comments. Thanks for the votes too.

      Blessings to you.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Rachel I can see why you would make this to eat on a day when it would be the featured food---it is a meal in one baking dish

      It looks divine and thanks for the shortcut tips.

      Voted up shared and pinned to Awesome HubPages

      Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Molly, I appreciate your visit and comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Molly Layton 

      3 years ago from Alberta

      Mmmmm... It looks absolutely delicious. I'll have to try making this sometime.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peggy, thank you so much for your wonderful comment and for the vote of confidence and for visiting. Hope you had a really nice and blessed Easter.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds absolutely delicious and would definitely feed a big crowd of people. It does sound as though it could easily be halved. I gave this a 5 star rating and thanks for sharing another one of your good recipes with us. Pinning this and will share. Happy Easter!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks, Marinda, I tried doing that and it was good. The cheese melts just slightly. Have a Blessed Easter.

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      Marinda Seiwell 

      3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      One of my favorites...best if heated in the microwave a little bit

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peachpurple, It's hard to tell. It depends on how big of a piece one can eat, but at least 12 people, maybe more. But, like I added, you can always cut it in half. Thanks for visiting.

      Have a Blessed Easter.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, the ingredients do required a lot of items in big quantity. How many people can it yield

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks, Alicia, and thank you for visiting and the nice comment.

      Have a Blessed Easter.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a very hearty and tasty pizza, Rachel. Thanks for sharing another interesting recipe.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you so much Susan. I'm glad you like this recipe. It's a little work but so worth it, we think anyhow. I have a question for you. How do you see this hub since it hasn't been featured yet on my site. I was worried because they don't usually take this long. On my account it says there are no comments yet on this hub, but clearly there are.

      Have a Blessed Easter.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh wow does this ever sound good. If I have any leftover ham on Easter I'll make your Italian Easter Pizza.

      Happy Easter to you and your family!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you too georgescifo, for visiting and for the great comment.

      Easter Blessings to you.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Phyllis, your so sweet. You have a Blessed Easter too.

    • georgescifo profile image

      georgescifo 

      3 years ago from India

      Hi Rachel,

      The Italian Easter Pizza really looks very much delicious and thanks a lot for explaining in details about the methods of its preparation.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Another winner, Rachel. You just keep tossing these awesome recipes out and I keep catching them.

      This one will be perfect for our Easter eve supper when we gather to color the eggs.

      Thank you and have a Blessed Easter.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Alphadogg16. That's very nice of you to visit and for the vote of confidence.

      Have a Blessed Easter.

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      Kevin W 

      3 years ago from Texas

      This Italian Easter Pizza looks absolutely delicious Rachel L Alba. I'm definitely going to give it a try to it probably will be a lot more often then just Easter. Thumbs up on your recipe/hub

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