Scacce Ragusane (Sicilian Stuffed Flatbread)


This is my first attempt ever at this incredibly unique and delicious Sicilian stuffed flatbread. What we have here is a very familiar pizza-like flavor profile, but the delivery system is unlike anything you've ever experienced. The outside edges are crispy and crunchy while that saucy and cheesy center is much like a pasta in texture. So, while this is vaguely similar to a lot of things, it's really unlike anything else.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
2 scacce


For the Dough:

  • cup warm water, or more as needed

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ¾ cups semolina flour

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal, or as needed

  • ½ cup prepared pizza sauce

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or to taste

  • 6 ounces aged provolone cheese, sliced


  1. Pour 1/3 cup warm water into a mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes to make sure yeast is active.

  2. Add olive oil, semolina flour, and salt to the yeast mixture. Mix with your hand to form a relatively stiff ball of dough, adding more water if needed to bring the dough together.

  3. Transfer dough to a work surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover with the mixing bowl and let rest for 30 minutes.

  4. Uncover and knead the dough for another 3 or 4 minutes; divide dough into 2 portions, and shape each into smooth balls. Use damp hands to help smooth the dough out, if needed.

  5. Generously dust half of a kitchen towel with semolina flour and place the 2 balls of dough on top. Sprinkle more flour on top of the balls and cover with the other half of the towel. Leave to rise until the dough has almost doubled in size, about 2 hours.

  6. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil and sprinkle with cornmeal.

  7. Roll each ball of dough out into a very thin circle or oval shape on a lightly floured surface.

  8. Combine pizza sauce and basil in a bowl. Spread with a thin layer of sauce and scatter pieces of provolone cheese every few inches, leaving a 1 inch border. Fold over the opposite edges toward the middle to form a rectangle. Press lightly to flatten slightly. Repeat sauce and cheese step.

  9. Fold each end toward the center to make a square shape. Spread with a thin layer of sauce and scatter pieces of cheese on just one half. Fold in half, overlapping the edge by about 1 inch. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat filling and folding the second piece of dough.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven until very well browned, 16 to 18 minutes. Some spots may get charred, but this is fine and desirable, since scacce are traditionally cooked in very hot wood-fired ovens. Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Chef's Notes:

Use Sicilian olive oil if you can swing it.

You can use any prepared pizza or tomato sauce you like. You can also sneak some meat in here as long as it's thinly sliced, or if you're using something like sausage, make sure it's finely crumbled.

As long as it's low in moisture, you could also use half mozzarella and half grated Pecorino Romano cheese, or feel free to use any cheese you want.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

503 Calories
17g Fat
63g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 503
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 1138mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 348mg 27%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 233mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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