Rocklin cook wins blue ribbon for Italian recipe

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Italian Torta Sandwiches


One uncooked dough for three pie crusts

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

One can(s) (15 ounces) sliced olives, drained

1/2 pound sliced salami

1 cup bottled, roasted red peppers, sliced

6 ounces flavored cream cheese spread (tomato or garden)

1/2 pound deli-sliced turkey

2 cups spinach leaves

1 cup bottled pesto sauce

2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese

One large egg, lightly beaten


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray or grease bottom and sides of an 8- or 9-inch springform pan. Roll 2/3 of dough into a circle and press onto bottom and up sides of pan.

Fill crust with remaining ingredients, except egg, layering them in order. Roll out final 1/3 of dough into an 8-inch circle, and place atop fillings, pinching seams with bottom crust to seal. Make vent holes with a fork, then brush with beaten egg.

Bake 50 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes, then remove from pan. Slice into wedges. This is also great at room temperature or cold.

Just in time for the Super Bow l, Rocklin home cook Joni Hilton's Italian Torta Sandwiches, a hearty meat dish, have been awarded a blue ribbon at Just A Pinch Recipes, a recipe and coupon social network for home cooks at

Hilton's Italian Torta Sandwiches were named the blue ribbon winner by Just A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe. To land the award, Hilton served up a full-flavored dish that was both tasty and easy to prepare.

"This is such a knockout – super-impressive to serve guests, none of whom w ill have any idea how easy it was,” Tharpe said. “Seriously, this comes together in a snap. It's hearty, delicious and gorgeous. Oh – and it's like winning a free trip to Italy. What more could you ask!?"

Hilton is one of nearly 100 Rocklin residents sharing recipes with the social network, which in just two years has become the largest database of user-posted recipes anywhere. On the site, users can post their own "family tested and approved" recipes and try recipes submitted by others, use a menu planner and grocery list, create custom cookbooks, print hundreds of grocery coupons, enter recipe contests and join discussion groups. They may also use Pinch It!, a site feature that allow s users to capture and share recipes from virtually anywhere online with a simple click and seamlessly integrate them into their digital recipe boxes.

"We continually add new features to the club based on the feedback of our members," Tharpe said. "It's because of people like Joni Hilton, who is proud to share her family's favorite recipes with other home cooks, that the club has become so popular and is growing so fast."