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Torta Rustica (a springform pan recipe)

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Torta Rustica (a springform pan recipe)
Sounds Italian and yummy, doesn’t it?  Try it out with or without the olives and let me know how it tastes.
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 pounds ricotta*
  • 6 tablespoons Romano, shredded
  • 1 can black olives, drained & chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, seeded & chopped
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (not frozen!)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.  
  2. Saute onion and pepper in butter (you probably prefer olive oil).  
  3. Combine all ingredients (except pie crust) in a large bowl and blend until smooth.  (The best way to do this is with a spatula or spoon, not a hand mixer, so that the veggies do not become pulp.)
  4. You probably want to grease the inside of the springform pan with a light coating of cooking spray even though the original recipe did not include this step.
  5. Press the refrigerated pie crust into the bottom and sides of a 10 inch springform pan.  (The pan I bought for you is a 9.5 inch pan.  So you may have a little crust left over for decorating with.)  Need to know how to decorate the edges of your crust?  And here are some tips from Paula Deen. 😮
  6. Add the cheese & veggie filling.
  7. Bake at 350° for one hour, until golden brown.

*Ricotta cheese can be expensive and some people prefer to use cottage cheese as a substitute.  However, the taste and texture of cottage cheese is different from that of ricotta and replacing such a large quantity (2 pounds) of ricotta cheese might make a not–so–tasty torte.

What is an egg wash?  An egg wash is a beaten egg with a little bit of liquid (milk/water) mixed together and brushed onto the surface of the unbaked pastry.  It is used to make the pie crust shine and patch up holes & cracks.  More info about egg wash.

How to Garnish Pie Crusts video.

Find the original recipe for Torte Rustica with a photo here.