Tourte Milanese… Italian Pizza Style

Andy Anderson !


Okay, as far as I know there is not an “Italian” style to a Tourte Milanese… it’s French. But, I thought (and this is where I usually get into trouble), why not make this into a yummy pizza dish. That’s what happens when I have too much to drink.

I usually make my own puff pastry; however, for this go around, I’m using store-bought… Forgive me, I’m only human.

I switched out some of the “traditional” ingredients for Italian, and came up with this yummy puff pastry, deep-dish pizza…

So, you ready… let’s get into the kitchen.

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45 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


2 oz
thinly sliced ham
4 oz
mild, or hot italian sausage
1/4 c
mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 c
colby cheese, shredded
2 Tbsp
pizza sauce
1 sheet(s)
puff pastry, like pepperidge farm
1/2 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted, room temperature
1 medium
egg, lightly beaten
4.5 inch spring-form pan


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1Chef’s Note: As of late, I’ve been posting a lot of recipes (well, a lot for me). But, if my negotiations go smoothly, I’m going to be really busy for a while, and I guess I’m getting my cooking in now.

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2Gather your ingredients.

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3Mix the two cheeses together.

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4Place the Italian sausage in a sauté pan, over medium heat.

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5Break apart the sausage with a spatula, or wooden spoon, and cook through, about 7 to 10 minutes.

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6Drain on paper towels, thoroughly cool and reserve.

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7Butter the spring-form pan.

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8Chef’s Note: The butter will flavor the dish, and help to hold the puff pastry to the sides of the pan.

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9Take one sheet of the puff pastry and cut it into two pieces about 70% / 30%.

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10Take the larger of the sheets, and roll out on a floured surface.

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11Chef’s Note: It needs to be big enough to fill the bottom and up the sides of the spring-form pan.

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12Chef’s Tip: Put the other piece of puff Pastry into the fridge and keep cool.

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13Push the puff pastry into the spring form pan. Leave about a 1/2 inch overhang of the puff pastry.

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14Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat your oven to 350f (176c).

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15Add half of the ham

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16Add 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce, and spread evenly.

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17Add 1/4 cup of cheese.

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18Add the Italian sausage.

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19Add 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce.

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20Add the remainder of the sliced ham.

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21Add a 1/4 cup of cheese.

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22Fold the overlap of puff pastry over the top.

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23Brush with some egg wash.

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24Remove the other portion of puff pastry from the fridge and roll out on a lightly flour dusted surface.

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25Place over the top of the spring-form pan.

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26Use the heel of your hand to cut the dough around the pan.

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27Go around the edges, and push the top into the bottom dough.

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28Use a pairing knife to cut a steam hole in the center, and then make some decorations.

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29Chef’s Note: When making the decorations, don’t cut completely through the dough.

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30Brush the top with the egg wash.

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31Place into the preheated oven, and cook for about 70 to 90 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

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32Remove from the oven, and allow it to rest on a cooling rack for 30 to 45 minutes.

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33Chef’s Note: If you cut into it now… it will fall apart.

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34Chef's Note: If you are going to do this in a traditional spring-form pan. Multiply the ingredients by 3.

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35Serve to your waiting guests while still warm. Enjoy.

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36Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: French
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: For Kids