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Playing Muffaletta-Stuffed Pizza Rustica


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 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • A few leaves of basil
  • A scant handful of flat-leaf parsley
For 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
  • EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for brushing
  • Sesame seeds


Serves: 6-8


Preheat oven to 450F.

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

On a floured surface, roll out doughs into 2 thin rounds. Transfer the first to an oil-brushed baking sheet. Top with a layer of olive salad, then even layers of cheeses and meats, leaving a 1-inch edge. Brush edges with water and top with remaining dough. Pinch all around to seal.

Brush with EVOO and sprinkle with sesame seeds. (Tip: Brush with egg wash for sesame seeds to really stick to the top!) Bake 20-25 minutes to deep golden. Let cool 10 minutes then cut into 8 wedges and serve with a green salad alongside.