Scaccia Ragusana





The classic scaccia is a thin stretched bread dough folded up and filled with a tasty sauce containing tomato, cheese and herbs. It is a simple food, ugly-looking but very delicious. 

This humble-looking and succulent nosh is made with bread dough; it can be a good snack or a special lunch with an unexpected taste and a pleasant and unexpected consistency.


Scacce are also stuffed with spinach, ricotta, eggplant, cauliflower, tuna fish or meat. 


Serves 6 


For the Filling 


·       Make 1 portion of Tomato Sauce. See recipe.

·       2 cups grated cheese 

·       Salt and pepper 


The Dough 

Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Divide each piece into 3 smaller pieces so that you now have six and shape into balls. 


Roll each piece on a flour-dusted board. Using a rolling pin, flatten dough to ¼ inch thick, about 12 inches across, giving an approximately round shape. Prepare 2 pieces at a time and use immediately. 



The Scaccia 

Prepare 2 baking sheets, greased or lined with parchment paper, and set oven to 400 degrees. 


To assembly the scaccia, place 1 cup of sauce in the center and spread it all over the scaccia. Sprinkle with grated cheese and fresh ground black pepper to taste. 





Fold 1/3 of the right side of the dough into the center, cover with a few tablespoons of sauce and sprinkle with cheese and pepper. 

 Fold over 1/3 of the left side of the dough into the center; scaccia (meaning press it down), cover with a few tablespoons of sauce and sprinkle with cheese and pepper.  

Fold top and bottom towards the center and press down.


Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes or until slightly burnt. Move to cooling rack for a few minutes and serve warm.