I make this authentic Southern Italian Easter Pie every year at Easter time. The recipe was passed down to me from my Italian grandmother who lived in Southern Italy until her passing. She was a wonderful cook and I still have a vision of her making gnocchi in her kitchen. It’s so popular in Italy and is a fantastic dish for Easter Sunday brunch.
Southern Italian Easter Pie is full of Italian meats and cheeses. It not only tastes great, it’s easy to make, can be made ahead and doesn’t need to be reheated! It is perfect for the buffet table hosted by a tired and busy mom. And, if you aren’t hosting, it is a great take along dish for the very same reasons! Need I say more?
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Three days! That’s how long it takes my husband and myself to eat this Easter Pie. We have it for breakfast (eggs, meats and cheese sounds perfect for breakfast…right?) We have it for lunch and then maybe even for a snack. Nonetheless, this Easter Pie is good at any meal or by itself.
Italian Easter Pie
If you’ve been talking to your Italian neighbors who keep referencing their need to make Easter Pie for Easter and you have no idea what could be Easter Pie? It is a fitting dish for your Easter Brunch buffet.
I’ve been to Italy for Easter and I saw many people walking around in grocery stores with dozens of eggs. One man I saw must have been carrying 4 dozen eggs to purchase. The eggs were for making “Pizza Ripiena” or better known as “Italian Easter Pie” to Americans. I’m glad it wasn’t for egging cars.
This Italian Easter pie is made typically only at Easter time and is really more of a Quiche but, is better known as “Easter Pie” to Americans.
The proper name in Italian is “Pizza Ripiena” which translated into English is “pizza full.” The word “pizza” here is used more as in “pie” but, not a sweet pie, such as a cherry pie but, more like a “pizza pie.”Are you following?
Nonetheless, it’s delicious!
Make this Italian Easter Pie with eggs, Prosciutto, dried Italian sausage (salami), fresh mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and black pepper. Although there are many variations of this Easter Pie, such as with ricotta cheese, based on the different regions of Italy, I’m most familiar with this one and LOVE it!
It’s really easy to eat a lot of this recipe so, try to stop yourself after one piece! Summer is coming you know.
How to Make Easy Southern Italian Easter Pie
Italians in Italy make the dough for this Easter Pie but, I’m going to take the easy way out and use refrigerated pie crusts for the bottom and top layer. This will cut down the prep time a lot.
Here’s a summary of how to make this delicious Italian quiche:
- First, cut up fresh mozzarella, dried hard Italian sausage, and Prosciutto.
- Then, put it into the pie crusts with grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
- Next, pour the whisked eggs over it.
- Then, brush it with egg wash (fancy term for whisked eggs.)
- Last, bake it in a 350F oven for about 55 min.
It’s so simple! You can really amaze your family on Easter this year by making this delicious Easter Pie with only a few basic ingredients.
Bring out your inner chef!
Store this Italian Easter Pie in the refrigerator for a few days. It tastes good cold or at room temperature. This quiche is delicious and a filling side dish. This pastry lattice roller cutter from Amazon would make a beautiful presentation. However, you’d want to bake the pie for a shorter time period as the egg mixture would cook faster. Check it 15 min prior to removing.
Our family loves eating this every Easter!
This popular Italian Easter Pie is a great buffet dish for Easter Sunday. It’s cheesy delicious! This is a great take along potluck dish because you can easily make it ahead. It doesn’t need to be reheated so it’s a perfect to put on a buffet and make your Easter Brunch or dinner easier to serve!
NOTE: This recipe was updated on 3/3/20 and slightly different than the original.
More Easter Fun!
Your Easter table will be complete with an adorable Easter Bunny Butt Cake and Easter Bunny Oreo Cookies! Or, maybe your guests will get a good laugh from Easter Bunny Poop Cupcakes (my 5-yr old’s idea.) They’re so easy-to-make!
Planning Easter Dinner doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you use this detailed Less Stress Easter Planner. Hosting for the first time can really be stressful.
I took this recipe to Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday.
Easy Southern Italian Easter Pie
- 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts
- 9 large eggs, divided whisked
- 6 oz prosciutto cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 oz hard Italian sausage cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 oz. fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- black pepper to taste
- First, preheat oven to 350F.
- Then, line a 8" x 8" baking dish with one of the refrigerated pie crusts.
- Then, add mozzarella cheese and meats to the pie crust. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese followed by black pepper.
- Next, reserve 2 tbsp of whisked eggs for egg wash. Add remaining whisked eggs to the pie crust.
- Add the other pie crust to the top and push sides into the other crust edges to close it.
- Brush egg wash on top of the pie crust including the edges. This will make it bake to a beautiful brown color.
- Last, bake pies in oven on 350F for 55 min. Let cool 15 minutes before cutting.