Easter Italian Ham Pie
2 cups of diced ham
3 cups of flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup of shortening
1/8 cup of milk
1 pound of sweet sausage
2 pounds of ricotta
1 small Mozzarella, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup of grated cheese
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
4 raw eggs (additional)
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
Mix the flour and sugar together. Make a well in the center, add the 3 eggs,
shortening and milk, mixing together until dough is easy to handle. Divide in
half; roll out one portion and fit into 9x13 inch baking pan.
Cover other half until later. Parboil sausage 8 minutes and
cut into small pieces. Mix sausage with remainder of ingredients and spread in
Roll out remaining dough and fit on top of mixture. Seal
edges; cut slit in top.
Bake for 45-60 minutes in preheated 350ºF. oven until crust
is golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.
Brush tops with a mixture of 1 well-beaten egg and 1
tablespoon of milk, makes the crust shiny!