Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: It's Been 2 Days and I'm Still Washing Dishes...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It's Been 2 Days and I'm Still Washing Dishes...

We had 12 people over for a 3 course dinner on Easter. Add in serving plates, pots and utensils and that adds up to a lot of washing! But it was all worth it. Dinner was a huge success.
The leg of lamb, pork shoulder, roasted vegetables, butter sage gnocchi (you get the idea), were all good; but my two favorite dishes of the day were the Pizza Rustica appetizer and the Ricotta pie dessert. Both are old family recipes that have been passed down to me. The Pizza Rustica from my father's family and the Ricotta pie from my mothers.
2 cups flour 3 tsp shortening 2/3 tsp baking powder 1 egg 1/3 tsp salt ½ cup ice water
Sift dry ingredients together. Blend shortening into sifted flour with fork. Mix egg with cold water. Add to flour and mix until a ball is formed. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. FILLING 2 hard boiled eggs diced 4 oz. chopped prosciutto 8 oz. pepperoni, diced 8 oz. mozzarella, diced 4 oz. salami, diced 1 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese 3/4 lb Sausage meat browned 1 lb ricotta cheese 2 eggs 2 oz. ham, diced Combine ricotta, salt and Parmesan cheese. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add the various meats, cheese and hard boiled eggs. Mix well. Roll out pastry to line a 10 inch deep pie pan. Pour mixture into pan and cover pie with top crust. Fold dough under and back to flute thickly. Cut slits in top crust to allow steam to escape. Bake in preheated oven, 400, for first 15 minutes. Lover temperature to 325 and bake 45 minutes. Ricotta Pie 12 eggs 1 tsp salt 3 lbs ricotta 2 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon lemon and orange zest Beat eggs well. Mix in sugar, salt, vanilla and ricotta cheese. Blend well. Add lemon and orange zest to taste Pour into a prepared pan Sprinkle cinnamon on top Bake for 50 minutes at 350

1 comment:

  1. Theresa-
    Thanks for the visit... sounds like your Easter was as packed with food family as mine was.
    I'd love to offer some advice on the 'must haves'if you are heading into My Fair City.
    I recommend trying one of everything... I usually do when I make my short visits back.

    Seriously though, I have a whole list of pizzeria's broken down by boro in an old post (only one to add to that is the one mentioned in "Be it ever so humble..." and that is Francesco's in Brooklyn, on Union I think , near Henry... )... coffee and a buttered roll from one of the silver coffee trucks... a nice night out at F.illi Ponte... NY's Best Deal- 2 dogs and a Papaya drink at Gray's Papaya on 72nd and Broadway...stop in at an Irish bar somewhere, anywhere and have a Yuengling on tap... did I mention pizza??... walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in the afternoon and go to Grimaldi's (under the Bridge on the Brooklyn side)- if its too crowded to sit, take it out to the platform on the harbor and soak up the incredible view of my City... when you're done, hit the little 'house' for some ice cream (can't miss it)... have a Manhattan Special (be warned, they are addictive- I started on those when I was no taller than a johnny pump and now I've been drinking them for almost 30 yrs)... bread- any kind of locally baked bread- Bagels (post on those too- with a couple of good locations), rolls, anything warm with a crisp outside and a soft steamy inside... the Olive Tree on MacDougal (always had great schwarma when I went there and good for 'sightings' as the local talent from the Comedy Cellar downstairs usually congregate at the bar)... some pastry (D'Lillo on 187th and Arthur if you make it to the Bronx or Rocco's in the City on Bleeker)... ok- enough aleady- my mouth is watering and my stomach is grumbling... let me know how it goes- always anxious to hear about home.

    Johnny T