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21.3.13

Italian Easter Rice Pie: Foodie Friday

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Italian Easter Rice Pie: simplelivingeating.com

Ok, wasn't it just St. Patrick's Day... now Easter is next week. Isn't there usually a little more time between these two holidays? 

Having been raised Italian-American dessert was never a given after dinner. Italians traditionally eat a little bit of fruit and cheese after a meal. Which is super healthy and definitely helps to prevent diabetes... which Italians are very prone to getting. But, Easter has always meant pies to me...three very special and distinctly Italian pies: Ricotta Pie, Wheat Pie and my favorite Rice Pie. 

My family has always been very focused on making Pizzagaine for Easter which is a savory pie, other family members would make the dessert pies, so I don't have a family recipe to share with you. But let me assure you this is a delicious version of this classic Italian pie. If you like rice pudding you will love this pie. 


Because the filling is cheese and rice it is easy to make it gluten-free by changing the flour in the crust to gluten free flour. I use cup 4 cup baking flour. We had some left over pie dough and filling so my daughter and I made these mini pies. You might want to make all of yours this way.



Mini Lemon Rice Pies
Mini Lemon Rice Pies


Click here for Italian Easter Rice Pie recipe.



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50 comments:

  1. Happy Friday! Party's just getting started... I shared Kale Paneer, our version of a traditional Punjabi dish made with organic ingredients we can find locally in the midwest.

    That rice pie is fascinating. Something tells me our boys would really love that for brunch on Sunday!

    Thanks for hosting, and have a great week!

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    1. I think my family would love your dish. Rice pie is unique. I hope you get a chance to try it. Thanks for coming by.

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  2. loving everything Italian these days. have to try this pie soon. looks so inviting.
    Happy Friday !

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    1. Italian cooking has a pretty broad appeal. Glad you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Thanks for hosting Diane. Love your Italian Easter pie. It would make a great brunch addition.

    I've shared a man-pleasing bistro-style stuffed blue-cheese burger with a port & caper sauce. Have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. My daughter was commenting that this pie is between savory and sweet. We have had it for breakfast a few times. Your burger sounds like it will put some hair on my chest. Sounds terrific. Always good to see you Sam.

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  4. Gidday Diane. I think my mind was in the right time at the right place this week and I got around to linking up to your party. Hope you had a good week and that Spring has sprung over there. Its still summery here but that's normal even though its Autumn.

    Anne xx

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    1. We may be on other sides of the planet but we are always in tune. Thanks for coming by Anne.

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  5. I am so intrigued by your Italian Easter Rice Pie. I've never heard of it before. I adore rice pudding so I have to try it. Thanks so much for hosting.

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  6. Good Morning Diane,
    Your Italian Easter Rice Pie would be a lovely addition to any table for Easter Celebration. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for hosting.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Dear Miz Helen,
      I take that as a great complement because I can only image how wonderful the pies are at your Easter table. Thank you again for stopping by.

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  7. You've got some lovely features here this week, and your Easter Rice Pie sounds lovely. I always enjoy reading about family food traditions. This week I've shared a Chocolate Orange Marble Cake. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Funny, I enjoy the stories around your recipes too. I really love the one about the teacups. Always great to hear from you April.

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  8. Hi Diane! I am back. I stopped by to link up my recipe for Bacon Asian Orange Chicken Pizza that Pillsbury judges picked to be a semifinalist. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Off to check out some links.

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    1. I'm glad your back Mindie. Congrats on semifinalist and good luck.

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  9. Thanks so much for hosting Diane. That pie sounds spectacular. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  10. Good morning Diane! Your pie looks so good. Thank you so much for hosting and thank you for your visit.

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  11. Thanks for hosting another terrific link party Diane!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    All the best,
    Nancy

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  12. I'm not familiar with Pizzagaine--thanks for filling my in! Cheesy rice sounds good to me. Thank you for another fun party!

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    1. Oh my Michelle, I'm almost afraid to tell you to try Pizzagaine. It is that addictive.

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  13. Happy Friday Diane.. I've linked up a couple snacks this week. Hope you have a good weekend and thanks for hosting!

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  14. I love Italian food and I must try this Easter pie!
    Thank you for hosting :) Have a nice weekend!

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    1. I hope you do try the pie. You are a better baker than me and I'm sure yours would come out fabulous.

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  15. Thanks so much for hosting Diane! That pie looks fantastic! Yum!

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  16. As always thank you so much for hosting Diane. I love your party :-)

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    1. So glad to hear that Pearlsa. It is the highlight of my week.

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  17. It's my first time linking up...so, :o) Hi! & thanks for hosting!
    Your Rice Pie looks great. It takes me back, my Italian Grandmother always made a sweet rice pie for Christmas & Easter.

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    1. Welcome Kim, I never realized how specifically Italian rice pies are... but I think they are a wonderful tradition.

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  18. I have a thank you note for you, Diane, at http://gardenchefsneedleandpen.blogspot.com/2013/03/buttons-up.html. Just got my new links up on your party! Have a great weekend!

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  19. What a wonderful traditional Italian Easter Pie recipe that you've shared Diane! My family does splurge on sweet fruit pies for dessert for Easter, but you're right, dessert was not a big player on the table in my Italian family either. My German husband was raised exactly opposite, so he eats the sweets and I stick to the pasta! Have a wonderful Easter!

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    1. Thank you Roz... I never realized how few people know about rice pie. Fruit pies? What kind of fruit? I follow your blog I will keep an eye out. Thanks for the Pin Board Italian Foods invitation.

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  20. Very interesting pie - I like it! I'd love to try it
    Thanks for the party Diane!!
    Have a great holiday

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    1. I think you might like it. Just make sure you use Arborio rice. It doesn't work with any other kind.

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  21. http://www.amazon.com/South-African-Indigenous-Foods-Generations/dp/0620317728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364070613&sr=8-1&keywords=0620317728

    You said you were looking for a good African cookbook - I have this one of Indigenous African cuisine. It is very good & very authentic -tho it has many hard to find ingredients.

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    1. Thank you so much Anna. Yes, I really want to learn more about the cuisine. I know there are many different types of cuisine.

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  22. I did not know that Italian had fruit and cheese after a meal. That's much healthier than the way I was raised - always something sweet. I hope you're having a great weekend and will have a wonderful week ahead. Headed over to check out your Easter pie.

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    1. In the US I think they eat more sweets, especially pastries. But my grandparents were definitely old country, just fruit and cheese. Truly healthy.

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  23. Hi Diane! It's Diane here. :)

    I'm linking up for the first time and following on Bloglovin' now so I'll be sure to be here next week too. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Welcome, can always use another Diane around here... we are the most helpful people.

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  24. Thank you for the invite to share this on your Foodie Friday! I'm sorry I'm late, I'm on vacation with a toddler and it has been near impossible trying to get on the computer.

    I posted my recipe for the Pastured Quiche. Full of pastured products, it's a savory, delicious dish!

    http://www.healthyrootshappysoul.com/2013/03/recipe-pastured-quiche.html

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    1. So glad you got over to us. been there with the toddler... it does get better.

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  25. I've never heard of Italian Rice Pie before, but it sure sounds delicious!

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    1. I think if your not Italian you would probably not have ever heard of it. If you like rice pudding you'll love it.

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  26. yummy!!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?
    http://www.nap-timecreations.com

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    1. I've been following you on FB. I added G+

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  27. Great recipe. I didn't know about a Rice pie.

    Thank you for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party. I look forward to seeing what you bring next week.

    By the way, I would appreciate it if you would share your party on my "Link Parties I Visit" page.http://www.feedingbig.com/p/parties_6.html Thanks so much!

    See you next week! Cynthia at http:// FeedingBig.com

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  28. Hi Diane,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe's with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  29. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  30. Your blog about Italian food is awesome. I like Italian pie recipe very much. I have made Italian pie recipe and it is really simple to make this pie. My family have enjoyed my recipe. I like Italian culture, tradition, Italian food etc . Last summer I have visited Italy as well as I have visited Italian restaurant. I like to drive Italian road at night .I have enjoyed Italian food very much.

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    1. Rosalyne thank you so much for visiting. I am very proud to be Italian-American. Thank you for your compliments. Hope to see more of you.

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