Pizza Chena: "pizza Rustica"
120 mins (prep 60, cooking 60)
16 ingredients
10-14 servings
When looking for recipes for pizza chena, you'll find that many use the term interchangeably with pizza rustica, meaning "rustic pie." Both are traditional Easter savory meat and cheese pies that can be made with either a pastry or bread dough crust. Pizza chena, mispronounced by some Italian-Americans as "pizza gaina," seems like an appropriate name since when you eat it you "gain-a" lot of weight. Pizza chena is a Neapolitan dialect term meaning "full pie," a massive, two-crusted savory pie filled with Italian meats, cheeses and eggs.Though traditionally associated with Easter, pizza chena can be enjoyed any time of the year. Given its versatility of ingredients and large size, it makes a great party dish that can be made ahead of time then served at room temperature. This recipe requires beginning at least a few hours in advance. You can make your own dough or cheat and use store bought prepared pie crusts.

Categories:  holiday , easter , european , italian , main-dish , <-4-hours , savory-pies , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (185.43 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 601.44 Calories from Fat 203.49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22.61g 347.91%
Saturated Fat 6.45g 322.44%
Trans Fat 0.25g %
Cholesterol 37.88mg 126.25%
Sodium 1589.96mg 662.48%
Total Carbohydrate 72.05g 240.15%
Dietary Fiber 3.5 g 139.97%
Sugars 2.99 g %
Protein 26.06g 521.29%
Vitamin A 816.9IU% Vitamin C 10.6mg%
Calcium 284.57mg% Iron 5.06mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
warm water, hot italian sausage, genoa salami, fresh, fresh ground black pepper, egg beaten with, egg wash