Smoked Turkey Torta Rustica

By Kevin Cronin
Culinary Setting
Cooking Style
Cooked Turkey


4 lbs brioche dough

2 lbs Provolone, sliced


1-1/2 lbs artichoke hearts, qtered (well drained)

2 lbs Ricotta

2 oz fresh garlic, chopped

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1 lb spinach leaves, sauteed & drained well

2 oz pine nuts, toasted

1 lb red peppers, grilled, seeded & halved

As needed egg wash


Spray a 12" spring form pan with non-stick pan coating.

On a floured surface, roll out 3 pounds of brioche dough to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness.

Line the spring form pan with dough, allowing 1 inch of dough to hang over sides of the pan. Trim away excess dough.

Layer 1/2 pound of sliced Provolone atop the brioche dough.

Add turkey cubes evenly covering the cheese.

In a separate bowl, combine artichokes, Ricotta, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and nutmeg. Cover turkey with Ricotta mixture. Layer with another 1/2 pound Provolone. Press Provolone down firmly to remove air pockets.

Strain spinach and spread over Provolone. Sprinkle spinach with pine nuts. Layer with another 1/2 pound of Provolone.

Place pepper halves over Provolone and cover peppers with remaining sliced Provolone.

Roll out remaining 1 pound brioche dough to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness and cover torta. Trim away excess dough; pinch and roll top dough with overhanging bottom dough to seal the torta.

Brush top of torta with egg wash and place in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, cover torta with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes.

Allow to cool completely. For clean edged slices, slice cold and reheat. Garnish with fresh herbs.

Serve with a crisp garden salad or a fresh fruit salad.

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 950

Calories from Fat 400

Total Fat 44 g

% Daily Total Fat 68

Saturated Fat 19 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 95

Cholesterol 145 g

% Daily Cholesterol 48

Sodium 2590 mg

% Daily Sodium 108

Total Carbohydrates 87 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 29

Dietary Fiber 8 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 32

Sugars 7 g

Protein 58 g

% Daily Protein 110

% Daily Vitamin C 150

% Daily Calcium 90

% Daily Iron 45