RECIPE

Muffaletta-Stuffed Pizza Rustica

Rach turns the classic muffaletta sandwich into a stuffed pizza! You can layer in your favorite Italian deli meats; the olive salad is a delicious spread on a variety of sammies, too. Serve with a simple salad alongside.

Ingredients

For the olive salad:

  • About 1/2 cup pimento-stuffed olives or pitted Sicilian olives
  • About 1/4 cup pitted black olives
  • 1 cup drained giardiniera (hot pickled vegetable salad)
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste (optional)
  • 1 roasted red pepper, homemade or store-bought, chopped (homemade for me!)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • A few leaves of basil
  • A scant handful of flat leaf parsley

For the remainder of the pizza:

  • 2 1-pound balls pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
  • Flour, for rolling out dough
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced mozzarella or smoked mozzarella
  • 1/3 pound sweet sopressata, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 pound sliced hot ham, coppa or cappacolo
  • 1/2 pound mortadella, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound deli-sliced provolone cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for brushing
  • Sesame seeds

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 450°F.

In the bowl of a food processor, add the olives, giardiniera, anchovy paste, roasted pepper, garlic, basil and parsley. Pulse to form a finely chopped relish.

On a floured surface, roll out the doughs into two thin rounds. Transfer the first dough round to an oil-brushed baking sheet.

Top with a layer of olive salad, then with even layers of cheeses and meats, leaving a 1-inch edge. Brush the edges with water and top with the remaining dough. Pinch all around to seal.

Brush the pizza with EVOO and sprinkle with sesame seeds. (Tip: Brush with egg wash to make the sesame seeds really stick to the top!) Bake for 20-25 minutes to deep golden. Let cool for 10 minutes, then cut into eight wedges and serve with a green salad alongside.

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