Sunday, July 6, 2014

THREE CHEESE CALZONES

Now that you have made your Homemade Hot Giardiniera you can serve it with these Three Cheese Calzones. Along with a few slices of Italian salami, marinara for dipping and a mixed baby green salad with a simple vinaigrette and you have a complete meal. That is sure to satisfy even the hungriest man in your house. Bubba, his crew, and the grand-kids just love this meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese {about 8 ounces}
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons freshly grated parmesan cheese {about 1 1/2 ounces}
  • 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough, at room temperature
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Marinara sauce, warmed for dipping
  • 4 ounces sliced Italian salami
  • Homemade Hot Giardiniara, for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Make the filling: Mix the mozzarella, ricotta, basil, scallions, 1/4 cup parmesan and the breadcrumbs in a medium bowl until combined.
  3. Divide the pizza dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface, to a 7 to 8-inch round.
  4. Spoon one-quarter of the filling onto one half of each dough round, leaving a 1/2-inch border. 
  5. Lightly brush the edges of the dough with some of the beaten egg; fold the dough over the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Transfer calzones to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Brush the calzones with the remaining beaten egg and cut 2 slits in the top of each to let steam escape.
  7. Sprinkle calzones with the remaining 2 teaspoons parmesan, then bake until golden brown and cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes.
  8. Serve with marinara sauce, the salami, Homemade Hot Giardiniera and a salad of baby mixed greens with a simple vinaigrette.  
ACTIVE TIME: 25 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 40 MINUTES 
SERVES: 4