Sweet or Savory Holiday Pastry: Easter Pie

Have you ever made an Easter pie? It's a traditional Italian dish made with a ricotta egg filling that can be flavored with sweet or savory ingredients and served either as an appetizer or a dessert. Either way, it's a rich treat to celebrate the end of the Lenten fast.

Some recipes call for a homemade crust while others make use of pre-made phyllo dough. The ricotta egg filling can be made savory with various sausages and vegetables, or sweet with ingredients like orange zest, vanilla and pine nuts. The savory version is often served as an appetizer before the Easter meal.

Here are a few Easter pie recipes to try:

Sweet Easter Pie

Savory Easter Pie

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