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Torta Rustica (a springform pan recipe)

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.