Italian Ham and Sausage Pie
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 cup milk
2 cups ham, cooked & diced
1 lb. sweet sausage, cooked & sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 lbs. ricotta cheese
1 small Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon milk
Mix the flour and sugar together. Make a well in the center, add the 3 eggs,
shortening and milk, mixing together until dough is easy to handle.
Divide in half; roll out one portion and fit into 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover
other the remaining half of the dough until later.
In a small bowl, beat the 4 eggs.
In a large bowl, mix together; ham, sausage, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese,
parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix in eggs. Spread filling in crust.
Roll out remaining dough and fit on top of mixture. Seal edges; cut slit in top.
Brush top with a mixture of 1 well-beaten egg and 1
tablespoon of milk; this will make the crust shiny.
Bake for 45-60 minutes in preheated 350º F oven until crust is golden brown and
filling is firm.
Cool slightly before serving.
Makes 8 servings