Grandma Maria’s Pizza Pieno

It doesn’t have to be the weekend to enjoy homemade Pizza! Try out “Grandma Maria’s Pizza Pieno” recipe sent in by Barbara Ritschel.


  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 lb. fresh cheese
  • 1 c. grated cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 lb. prosciutto
  • 1/2 lb. pepperoni
  • 1/3 lb. Italian salami
  • 1/4 lb. flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • Crisco 


For Topping:

  • Cut salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, and fresh cheese into pieces
  • Mix well with ricotta, grated cheese, and eggs.
  • Note from the author: don’t add salt!

For Dough:

  • Combine flour, baking powder, and a sprinkle of salt
  • Add in water until a dough consistency is reached
  • Grease a deep-dish pan with Crisco, then line with dough and seal the edges 

To Finish:

  • Top the dough with meat and cheese mixture
  • Bake at 475 degrees until crust is crispy and cheese is bubbly – about 30 minutes
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