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Eggplant & Cheese Calzone


- Oven should be slightly hotter than what this recipe calls for

- Use our own pizza sauce recipe instead

1 eggplant (sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup fresh grated mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp. dried oregano
pinch of salt
fresh basil leaves
1 egg whipped w/ 1 tsp. water

1/2 cup warm water
1 yeast package (1.5 tsp)
1.5 cups flour
olive oil

dipping sauce:
1 can tomato sauce
1 (16oz) can diced tomatoes
chopped fresh basil
2 garlic cloves pressed
1 tsp. oregano
pinch of sugar
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees for 5 minutes, then turn it off. Weird, right? Well since there are never enough hours in the day, I didnít have time to let the calzone dough rise for 8 hours, so we are taking a shortcut. Mix the yeast and warm water in an oven proof bowl. Let sit for five minutes. Pour in the flour. With a wooden spoon mix until it begins to form a ball. Dump the ball of dough onto a floured counter and knead for five or so minutes. It will resemble the play dough you used to eat, I mean play with in kindergarten. Coat the bowl with a little olive oil, place the dough in the bowl, cover with saran wrap and put in the turned off oven for 30 minutes. This will rise your dough in a jiffy.

Meanwhile, mix the three cheeses, oregano, basil, and salt in a separate bowl. Set aside and grab your eggplant. Rinse under water and slice 1/4 inch thick. Brush both sides of the eggplant with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Once the dough is out of the oven, bake the eggplant at 425 for 15 minutes. Then flip, and bake an additional 10 minutes.

While the eggplant is baking, roll your dough to almost fit the size of your baking sheet. Mix the eggplant and cheese mixture together and spread into the middle of your calzone.

Fold up the edges and crimp the seam so nothing oozes out. Brush the top of your dough with the egg mixture and bake for 15 -20 minutes.

As the smell of the calzone is delighting your kitchen, throw your apron on so you donít get any red sauce on your hot new outfit and pour all the sauce ingredients into a pan and cook on medium/low for 5 minutes or until it starts to bubble.

Cut your calzone into generous size portions, and ladle some sauce into a dipping dish and enjoy!