TwD: Baking Pizza Rustica with Julia

My mother and two nieces (Codenames: Chunklet and Bacon Monster) are visiting me in Chicago this week, which means I have guinea pigs on hand for any new recipes I’m trying. This week’s assignment, pizza rustica, was met with mixed reactions. Chunklet sniffed it and ran away exclaiming, “I don’t want it!” Bacon Monster took only a small bite of the sweet crust, which I think she liked, but wouldn’t touch the filling. As for my mother, she ate a slice but showed no obvious signs of approval. Instead, she did her “mother” thing and said, “Oh, you know I just like simple flavors.” I know for a fact this means she didn’t like it because when I made her Dorie Greenspan’s rather frou-frou mandarin orange & almond tartlets, she requested the tartlets twice during her week-long visit.

As for me, I actually enjoyed the sweet crust with the savory filling of ricotta, pecorino romano, and prosciutto. Though, it tasted more like a quiche because of the eggs, and I suppose I was expecting something different from the word “pizza”, like more mozzarella instead of so much ricotta. I was also pleasantly surprised because the sweet dough came together easily without a food processor. I just used my hands instead to combine everything.

To view the recipe for pizza rustica from Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking with Julia” cookbook, check out this week’s host pages: Emily at Capital Region Dining Blog or Raelynn of The Place They Call Home.

77 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kris Barlow
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 01:04:39

    Your pie is beautiful. This recipe is interesting but I don’t think I would call it pizza??? I’m sure you’ll cook lots of wonderful foods for your visiting family…have fun.

  2. Amanda
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 01:16:51

    I don’t think this is the most kid-friendly recipe. My kids were loving it either. Your mom sounds hilarious. All that matters is that you liked it and it looks beautiful! πŸ™‚ I thought it was quiche-like also.

  3. Purely.. Kay
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 02:53:30

    Oh this looks absolutely beautiful and so decadent. I can totally see myself enjoying this. And your mom sounds so cool

  4. Jenn
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 03:05:01

    yeah, I think the sweet crust was the best part =)

  5. mireia
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 03:41:16

    The same thing happened to me, this wasn’t like a pizza at all but I liked the sweet dough too!!!

  6. Choc Chip Uru
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 04:47:24

    Your mum sounds awesome πŸ˜€
    Just as much as this pie πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. ohfishiee
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 05:49:19

    i can taste the cheesiness here πŸ™‚ but its name of being a ‘pizza’ sounds a lil wrong in my opinion

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  8. Katerina
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 06:13:35

    I like mixing sweet and savory flavors in my meals! I believe this pizza would have pleased me as well! Children and older people are a little bit reluctant and conservative, my father is the same.

  9. hotlyspiced
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 06:14:34

    When I first read this I thought it meant you had guinea pigs for your pot to serve to your guests. Then I went back to read it again! I would love to try this. Ricotta and prosciutto go so well together. I think some things are an acquired taste! Looks so pretty with the lattice pastry xx

  10. Lisa Nocera (@LisaNutrition)
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 06:47:06

    This looks like a great, I think you have to have an acquired taste for something like this. My kids like traditional pizza, so I can see how your neices reacted. I agree your moms sounds funny! πŸ™‚

  11. Liz
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 07:01:18

    Beautifully done, my friend! I loved the ease of this crust, too~

  12. Baking is my Zen
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 07:56:50

    Your pie looks great. Well, differences are what make the world go round, yes? All recipes won’t be liked by everyone.

    ~ Carmen

  13. TrafficDiva
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 08:10:10

    Not sure about if it was thumbs-up or thumbs-down…but it LOOKS AWESOME!!! It looks like something I find in a specialty Italian bakery…WELL DONE, my friend, WELL DONE. And that sounds SO much like what ike Mrs. Yummmy (your mom!) would say…HAHAHA!!

  14. rondamkisner
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 08:23:31

    It is always a bummer when the family does not like a recipe. It is a beautiful pie though!

  15. Bam's Kitchen
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 09:16:02

    I want to be a guinea pig! This pie looks amazing. Have a great visit with your FAM.

  16. forgottenbeast
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 09:19:15

    Hey, as long as YOU like it, since you’re the one cooking ;D This does look amazing! I’ve had quiches before with sweeter crusts, and I always like that combo, so I’d probably be a fan of this.

  17. filingawaycupcakes
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 09:27:03

    This recipe, codename: yummy, looks soooo cute! Would you add less eggs and change it next time?

  18. saffronandhoney
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 09:45:54

    Oh this looks TERRIFIC! Maybe not everyone would love it, but I would haha.

  19. Inger Wilkerson
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 10:19:06

    You know I once made a dish called spaghetti with garbanzo bean sauce and nobody liked it –said it wasn’t spaghetti-like (no tomatoes). I waited about 6 months, renamed it to garbetti and then it was a hit. Personally, I think your combo of sweet and cheesy sounds delicious, with any name!

  20. Karen @ SoupAddict
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 10:24:33

    Your mother’s reaction to things she doesn’t like cracked me up. For my Mom, the I-don’t-like-it code word was “Neat!” As in, gee, honey, that’s really neat. πŸ™‚

  21. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 10:31:25

    This pie looks awesome. You have outdone yourself. Fantastic job.

  22. Cher
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:39:42

    Love the nick name bacon monster.
    And mom’s & kids can be tricky that way. My mom never likes any thing I make – if it weren’t for my dad, I would have developed a huge complex about my cooking by now.

    Nice work.

  23. Hornedfroggy
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 12:01:12

    Looks wonderful… and I totally get that “mother thing.” Mine does it all the time. πŸ™‚

  24. Norma Chang
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 12:11:52

    I think if it had a different name the kids would like it. Their image of a pizza and what was presented to them were not the same and that could have made a difference.

  25. Baker on the Rise
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 12:18:24

    Nice post, your description of your family’s reaction to the pizza rustica made me laugh. That’s pretty much how it went at my house too.

  26. heathersbytes
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 12:20:24

    It looks great! Thankfully my kids like quiche, which is what I told them it was, otherwise I’m not sure how else I would have gotten them to try it πŸ˜€

  27. Ei
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 12:25:22

    Looks great! Too bad the young ‘uns wouldn’t eat it. I know allll about that.

  28. Kathy
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 13:59:52

    Your pizza rustica is simply beautiful! Sorry it wasn’t a hit with your family…I plan on serving mine to company this weekend! I hope they’re more receptive! Great job!

  29. Dara
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 14:24:19

    This recipe is great. My grandmother used to make something similar for Easter and we would gobble it up. Her’s used a lot of bacon.

  30. Alice
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 14:46:12

    LOL, it was kind of like this in our house too! In fact, recently my husband told me “you have complicated tastes” meaning he would be happy with a simple spaghetti – sauce out of a bottle with boiled pasta and I prefer a creamy vodka sauce, made by me with veggies tossed in, lol – he supports and participates in the FFWD and TWD but mostly it’s “frou frou” for him too πŸ™‚

  31. Kristin
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 15:10:44

    Definitely looks more quiche like to me, but I’d still dig into it!

  32. Three-Cookies
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 15:34:34

    Pizza? Seems like there was a typo during the books printing. Maybe there is a pizza is the recipe book called pie or tart:)
    Very polite response from your mother!

  33. maha
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:06:55

    looks just awesum..n nice cliks.

  34. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:27:39

    What an interesting combination and your pizza rustica looks beautiful. I can see how the ricotta would pull together the sweet of the crust and the salty of the prosciutto. Maybe just the fact that is wasn’t flat like a pizza caused taste bud confusion in your house?

  35. Wendy
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:57:30

    Your pizza looks great!

  36. isthisakeeper
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 17:36:18

    From your picture your pizza rustica turned out beautifully! I had to laugh reading your blog…I could totally picture the scene πŸ™‚ We had mixed reviews at my house as well…I think the combination of sweet and savory than anything…would change it up a bit if I ever cooked it again.

  37. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 17:45:39

    This is like a cross between my family’s cheesecake and a pizza. I love it.

  38. Elaine
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 19:13:17

    I glad that you liked it at least – it’s hard to get consensus on recipes. It certainly looks good! The savory sweet combination was perfect in this.

  39. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 19:16:45

    Sorry that you also had young ones who refused your loving baked pie. Even your mom! Anyway, glad you enjoyed it. I sure did.

  40. spike
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 19:43:56

    Glad you enjoyed even if the others were skeptical

  41. vianney
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 20:39:11

    I can see how the name would throw people off…. when you hear pizza well you expect all the normal toppings, the crust looks amazing! have fun with your family!

  42. Just A Smidgen
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 21:09:58

    I adore these names!! yummy chunklet, chunklet and bacon monster!! Fabulous! I think I would have liked a slice of this, I am a huge fan of cheese and pie crust so together it would be winner for me! Your mom is so polite:) xo Smidge

  43. thekalechronicles
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 21:21:03

    This looks pretty good. I would not use a sweet crust though.

  44. RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 21:30:10

    love how you always try new recipes sorry they didn’t all love it

  45. atasteofmadess
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 21:59:23

    This is the most gorgeous thing I have seen all day! I’ve got to make it now. It’s going to happen πŸ™‚

  46. guineapigfood
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 23:07:14

    I did my crust by hand, too – love it when it comes together so easily!

  47. Cakelaw
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 23:23:27

    Oh well, there’s no accounting for taste. Your pie looks perfect, and I loved the filling – but wish the crust wasn’t so sweet.

  48. Miriam
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 23:35:43

    Looks yummy to me, your mom cracks me up :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  49. kitchen flavours
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 01:11:58

    This sounds so rich and delicious! Wouldn’t mind having a slice!

  50. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 01:41:14

    I’m totally in the mood for some of the cheesy goodness! Your picture might just make me finally dust off my book and make this today.

  51. Choc Chip Uru
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 04:23:15

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    You deserve it πŸ™‚
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  52. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 05:59:25

    It looks cheesy and delicious.

  53. cookingjulia
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 07:59:03

    Yours looks delicious! The positive part of other people not liking it is that there is more for you, right?

  54. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 12:25:05

    Your pie crust is absolutely gorgeous! I think I would love this dish, but I do think the name, “Pizza” king of throws you off at the get go. Can’t believe you made the lattice top! What a rock star you are!

  55. Kitchen Belleicious
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 13:24:31

    same here- i would expect something different from the word pizza but whether its called pizza or anything else I am all onboard I love it! looks dreamy

  56. Bizzy
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 16:20:27

    Beautiful job. This dish sounds good to me. I think, I would like it a lot.

  57. Simply Life
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 17:38:32

    oh wow! this is just beautiful! the top looks like it’s straight from a magazine!

  58. ceciliag
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 19:48:27

    wow, that looks amazing, i have never come across this before.. lucky guinea pigs!

  59. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 21:24:52

    hi yummy chunklet, how did it really taste, that even your mom woudl’nt oblige.
    ha ha. don’t think i wanna try this out out, even tho it looks pretty cool… you dont sound yummy(excited) that much..
    that’s cooking. have a nice day

  60. kyleen
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 21:37:34

    Mhmm I love sweet and savoury combinatioins. And don’t worry, my mom does that thing too where she says she likes “simple flavours”. It’s totally a mom thing.

  61. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:01:26

    Pizza pie! I’ve never had a chance to eat a pizza pie! I love the pie crusts – I wonder how it’s like to eat the pie crust and pizza flavor together. I’m really curious! Looks beautiful~~!

  62. Loveforfood
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 10:38:23

    This sounds so incredibly flavorful!

  63. spicegirlfla
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 11:09:33

    I am very familiar with pizza rustica and your’s looks beautiful!! I’ve made it many times for Easter – quite a filling dish and lots of ingredients!! I guess its a acquired taste, but I do love it!!

  64. jora
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 11:13:01

    Sounds like this one got a lot of mixed reactions. I’m glad you enjoyed it, even if your family didn’t love it.

  65. Holly
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:05:20

    I’ve never heard of a pizza like this! It looks incredible!!

  66. Anna @ the shady pine
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 18:15:02

    Wow I’d never heard of this before…it looks sublime though!

  67. Deepti
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 18:45:16

    Looks absolutely perfect! I guess its an acquired taste so hopefully your family may like it later πŸ™‚

  68. andi
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 18:50:06

    Me being the fussy one, I would of been acting like your relatives….. I love that you made this pizza and ate a slice. You are a tropper……….andi

  69. loavesandstitches
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 05:49:13

    Yeah, my kids wouldn’t even taste it, but I liked it. Yours looks really good.

  70. sanyaliving
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 08:41:08

    Your pizza rustica look great! Gorgeous pics!

  71. betsy
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 16:43:10

    This was definitely more like quiche like pie. Nice you could share this with your visiting family. It looks beautiful. I liked both the filling and the crust but I’m not yet sure I liked them together.

  72. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 08:35:48

    I can’t imagine running away from this! We loved it over here! But then again we are cheesy, bacon-y people (I used bacon instead of prosciutto). Your pizza rustica looks beautiful – especially the lattice top!

  73. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:12:47

    If it sounds like a quiche, then we would love this!!!! πŸ™‚ Hehehe, I love the code names Bacon and Chunklet πŸ™‚ You’re hilarious!! πŸ™‚

  74. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 21:05:29

    It looks gorgeous! What a fun idea to make a lattice crust:-) Hugs, Terra

  75. Christy Majors
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:11:20

    Great looking pizza pie! How fun to share with your family.

  76. Erin E
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 14:01:40

    Your rustica looks great! I really enjoyed the contrast of the sweet crust with the savory filling. Upside of people not liking it, is more for you!

  77. gingerskeeper
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 20:22:55

    Looks good! I love the codenames πŸ™‚

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