THANKS to Ray & Michael for this DELICIOUS surprise yesterday. Add a salad and a little sauce, and you have a TASTY and FILLING dinner.

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Pizzagaina, Pizza Rustica, Italian Easter Ham Pie

2 1/2 lbs ham (sliced thick from deli-counter or cubed pieces of boiled ham)
1/4 lb prosciutto (this is the regular proscuitto, next ingredient is as described, proscuittini)
1/4 lb prosciutto (PROSCUITTINI, AKA Pepper Ham, Black Peppered Ham or prozuttini)
1/4 lb capicola (HOT CAPICOLA, spiced-hot capicola )
1/4 lb hard salami
1/4 lb genoa salami
1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese
1 lb mozzarella cheese (1 entire brick of whole milk mozzarella, cubed)
1 lb Italian cheese (FRESH BASKET CHEESE, AKA Easter cheese or 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 & basket cheese. Add 15 eggs. Hand stir with whisk. Add 3 heaping tablespoons Grated cheese – then 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. Make Easter Cross with large fork to vent. Bless.
Bake 375º x 10 min then 350º x 60 min then 325º x 30-45 minute.
Remove from oven. Brush top with melted butter. Cool 2-3 hours Turn upside down overnight on large board. Cover pizza tightly with paper towel, foil, & dish-towel. Refrigerate. Serve noon or later on Easter Saturday.