Pizza di Ricotta Ricotta Pie with Potato Crust

Total Time:
3 hr 45 min
Prep:
2 hr 30 min
Cook:
1 hr 15 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions
  • Spoon the ricotta cheese into a sieve placed over a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours to drain off the liquid.

  • Meanwhile, if cooking the potatoes on the stove top, peel them and place in a saucepan with salted water to cover generously. Bring to a boil and boil until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain well and pass through a ricer or food mill placed over a bowl, or simply mash. Alternatively, place the baking potatoes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees and bake until very soft, about 1 hour. Cut in half and scoop out the potato flesh, passing it through a ricer or food mill or mashing it. While still warm, add the 1 2/3 cups flour and the salt to the potatoes and knead them in to make a firm, smooth dough, adding more flour as needed to achieve the correct consistency.

  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a 10-inch pie plate.

  • On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into an 11-inch round, about 1/4-inch thick.

  • Carefully press it into the prepared pie plate. Turn under the edges and press on to the plate rim.

  • (Alternatively, roll out, place on an oiled baking sheet, and fold up the edges like a pizza crust.) Spread the ricotta over the crust, then distribute the olives evenly over the ricotta. Sprinkle with the pepper, Parmesan cheese, and chopped marjoram or savory.

  • Bake until golden, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool slightly. Serve warm, cut into wedges


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