Triple Cheese Calzone

Good Monday Morning Everybody! It is a rainy day in my neighborhood today. I cannot tell you how much I love it. I am in a gloomy mood. Ever wonder why the challenges we face in life sometimes all come at you at once, instead of over the span of your lifetime? I sometimes find myself on the border of self-misery when I have difficulties. Luckily for me I have a Nick; emphasis on lucky. Sometimes when I become overwhelmed with obstacles in life and I’m moping around asking - why me? why now? why so frequently?- I so often remember the fateful day that Nick and I went out on our first date and I begin to remember that this ONE blessing is all I need to move forward. Nick is a blessing. He walked into my life when everything was chaotic. I will be forever grateful to God for leading me to Nick and to Nick for asking me out on that first date.

See what happens when I have a ton of things on my mind? A small sentence about a rainy, gloomy day turns into a paragraph that is resembles a country song. I am sure you are all here for one very important reason – food. Well I do have something for you today. It’s another Meatless Monday creation! Last week I made a very yummy Salami Calzone that was a big hit in our house. I thought to myself all of my vegetarian friends should not be deprived of such a yummy creation and, therefore, I created a Triple Cheese Calzone.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups shredded pizza cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (13.8 ounce) tube refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ pound sliced provolone cheese
  • Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Place a baking sheet upside down in the oven
  • Beat the eggs and parsley in a small bowl
  • Pour half of the egg mixture into a medium bowl and stir in the shredded pizza cheese

  • Reserve the remaining egg mixture for brushing on the crust
  • Turn another making sheet upside down; line with parchment paper and brush with olive oil
  • Unroll the dough on the parchment paper and pat into a rectangle
  • Spread the cheese and egg mixture over one half of the dough, leaving a slight order along the edge

  • Top with pieces of ricotta cheese, and then sprinkle some Red Pepper Flakes to the top

  • Layer the provolone on top

  • Fold the other half of the dough over to cover the filling
  • Crimp/Roll the edges to seal, and then pierce the top of the dough in a few places with a knife

  • Slide the calzone with the parchment paper onto the hot baking sheet, bake 15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining egg mixture, then continue to bake until the crust is golden - about 10 minutes

  • Let rest, cut into wedges & eat away!!

Like I said with the salami calzone last week, this is such an easy meal! It would be incredible with homemade pizza dough. While you’re at it, you might as well make some extra dough for homemade pizza! Why not? In fact, this would be a great recipe to get the kids involved.

I hope you all enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Happy Monday