Submitted by LindaThanks to Michelle, Tommy has developed a sophisticated palate, and is an adventuresome eater who enjoys the finer things in the world of food. He has learned to make brushetta, hummus, and can season and grill up a nice slab of meat.
This year, his on-campus housing is apartment style, complete with a kitchen equipped by him and his roomies. Though he does have a basic meal plan for the cafeteria, I wanted to cook a few simple recipes with him before he left, to have in his 'quick and easy' repertoire.
His wish was these Three Cheese Calzones from Real Simple Magazine, November 2008. With few ingredients, including prepared sauce and pizza dough, it was quick and simple enough for smaller kids to do (with a bit of help from an adult).
After mixing the 3 cheeses with fresh spinach, we layered the mixture over salami and the dough.
Pinch together and brush with olive oil.
Bake, and Voila! A happy kid-made meal!
Three Cheese Calzones
From Real Simple, November 2008
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 20m | Total Time: 35m
- 1 pound refrigerated pizza dough
- 1 cup fresh ricotta
- 1 cup grated mozzarella (4 ounces)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
- 1 bunch spinach, thick stems removed and roughly chopped (5 cups)
- black pepper
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced salami
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup jarred marinara sauce, warmed
- Heat oven to 400° F. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 4 equal portions and roll and stretch them into 8-inch rounds.
- In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, spinach, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Layer the salami on one side of each round of dough and top with the cheese mixture. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal.
- Brush the tops of the calzones with the oil. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with the sauce.