Wednesday, April 7, 2021

In Purrsuit of Flavours

 We are joining Phenny and Nelly again for In Purrsuit of Flavors.  The month of April will feature youthful yummies.

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year for baking special treats that my Nonna used to make.   One of her specialties at Easter was her ham pie also known as Pizzagaina, but I don't ever remember hearing Nonna call it that.  

The ingredients are 2 fully cooked ham slices, a deli-package of salami, one entire "basket" of basket cheese, one pound of ricotta, 5 eggs, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and this year, mom added a small amount of sharp provolone because she had it on hand. 

Mix the ricotta and eggs together and add the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper~
The ham and salami and basket cheese needs to be diced smallish.
Fold the meats and cheeses into the ricotta-egg mixture.
Mom has made her own crust in the past but she didn't this time.    Spoon all of the ingredients into the 9 1/2" crust and top with a lattice crust.  
Bake in a 350 degree oven for approx 1 hour and 20 minutes.   It may need to go longer so test it with a knife and make sure the knife comes out clean. 
For years, my family and I made the trip from our home in Ellicott City, Maryland, to Nonni and Nonni's house in Hamden, Connecticut.  It was a six hour drive and not the most fun drive for young kids but it was sure fun once we got there.   Easter dinner with Nonna and Nonni and my aunts and uncles and cousins was always fun and always SuperYummy. 
Nonna also made her rice pie for Easter which I dearly love also.

Yes, of course, Molly got a small taste☺

Thank you for choosing yummy treats, Phenny and Nelly.   Mom has wonderful memories of spending time with her grandparents on her dad's side.   How we wish we could have another Easter with all of them squished around Nonna's dining room table with literally no elbow room.   It was the most wonderful time of my life♥

Love ya lots♥

Sue with Molly


  1. tht is super ide d we love it lot!!!!

  2. OH Molly and Sue what 1000% wonderful memories you have and OMDs both gastronomical delights had me squealing pass the the pie and pudding.
    I agree this Purrsuit of flavors did bring back such happy and sweet memories
    Hugs Cecilia
    PS Molly I hope you are feeling much better today
    remember I luv ya lots too

  3. Wow...Could really see me enjoying them both!!!

  4. Your mom really treats you well, making all those good foods for your to taste test and smell.

  5. Your Mom has been busy in the kitchen. I've not familiar with basket cheese.Does it go by another name?

  6. Hari Om
    Food is one of the best nostalgia triggers, isn't it?!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. Oh my both dishes sound so very good. Never heard of either of them before either. Now I'm hungry.

    Have a woof woof day, Miss Molly. My best to your mom. ♥

  8. This pie looks and sounds delicious. it lots of work? Sometimes lotsa work makes the outcome even tastier. This is definitely a recipe that deserves a trial in our kitchen.

    Shoko, Yyebe and tester...Jean

  9. What terrific memories! Thank you Sue for sharing them with us! And the recipe too! We shall have to make this. And Molly, how lucky that you got a taste! Thank you for the recipe and thank you for visiting with us and we hope you have a marvellously happy day!

  10. We love how you share so many of your family's recipes from over the years. Both of these dishes sound so good.

    We hope Molly's paw is doing better.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  11. This is the first time we've ever heard of that kind of dish. It sounds super delicious!

  12. Wowzers, that looks delicious and not too hard to make.

  13. That sure sounds yummy and doesn't look difficult to make either.

  14. That looks yummy, and I'm always glad to find a new egg recipe!

  15. What wonderful recipes and memories of lovely visits with family. It really is the most memorable of times spent with family, especially after this past year when so many have had to be separated from loved ones. Glad you got a taste Molly. Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx