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What’s concealed beneath that beautifully golden pie crust, you ask? An assortment of Italian meats and cheeses extraordinaire that will fill up the whole family. Dig in quickly, for it will disappear in the flash of an Easter egg hunt. Lizzie, Recipe Hunter

Lizzie Tilchin

THE RECIPE

Italian Easter Pie

No meat (or cheese) left behind

This tasty tradition comes to us from Italy, where its name varies from region to region, from Torta Pasqualina in Liguria to Pizza di Pasqua in Umbria. A dense quiche-like dish with some distinctive pizza qualities, Italian Easter Pie is typically enjoyed on Easter Sunday as a hearty way to break Lent. You’ve done so well over the past month, resisting the temptation of chocolate, carbs, or whatever it is you gave up—or, maybe you haven’t done well, we don’t judge—now what sounds better than gathering your hungry loved ones around the ultimate meaty, cheesy fortress? With a little inspiration from Grandma’s old recipe clippings, Michelle goes all the way, leaving no Italian meat or cheese to feel excluded. We’re talking prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, ricotta, provolone (basically the whole deli) baked into a thick, homemade crust, holding its form with the help of a few eggs. Michelle also includes traditional basket cheese, which is a soft, mild cheese that is formed in a basket, hence the name. No worries if you can’t find it, as any other soft, mild cheese will do (such as a soft queso fresco or any “farmer’s cheese”). Start rummaging for your deepest pie dish, and warn your Easter crew to come equipped with their best holiday appetites.

THE CHEF

Michelle Lettrich

Founder and owner of BrownEyedBaker.com

Michelle Lettrich

I believe that everyone should have the confidence to step into the kitchen and create something wonderful. That’s what Brown Eyed Baker is all about – making baking easy, fun and accessible.

A self-taught baker, Michelle specializes in the kind of food that will bring the entire family into the kitchen. Her blog, Brown Eyed Baker, has a wide range of recipes to choose from, but there is always a common denominator: comfort. Whether this means a gooey mac n’ cheese or a pan of fudgy brownies, her recipes and encouragement guide even the most inexperienced cook as family meals are created. Michelle strives to help her readers realize the possibilities within their own kitchens, making delicious meals from scratch, no culinary training required.

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