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Broccoli and cheese calzone

I just finished watching "Park and Rec" on Netflix, and I loved it. I certainly have the Tom Haverford "treat yo'self" mentality, and Leslie Knope's drive and passion. But, and this is very important,  I share Ben Wyatt's undying love of calzones.

This calzone is a variation on my classic meat and cheese. In pepperoni's place, you will find my favorite roasted vegetable, broccoli. Add some delicious cheeses, and you have that portable pizza alternative that delights me and a fictional television character. Enjoy!

4.5 ounces of ricotta
1 head of broccoli
1 ounce of parmesan, grated
1 large minced garlic clove
1 pound pizza dough
Flour for dusting
salt and ground pepper
olive oil

Preheat the oven to broil. Toss broccoli with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast under the broiler for 3-4 minutes until the broccoli is tender a browned in spots. Remove and set aside. Lower the oven to 450 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix together the ricotta, broccoli, garlic and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and roll out into 8 inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Spread half of the filling onto each circle of dough, leaving a one inch border. Fold the dough to create a half moon, and crimp the edges. Cut 2 vent holes on the top of each calzone and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until deeply golden. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes before eating.

Serve with a green side salad. Enjoy!


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