Three-Cheese and Artichoke Calzones — Meatless Monday

By: Caitlyn Callegari

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The benefit of Italian-inspired dishes is that oftentimes meat never even factors into them. Giada De Laurentiis' Three-Cheese and Artichoke Calzones is one of those particular meals — satisfying and appetizing all on its own. Another draw to this cheesy dish? Food Network lists it as one of its Top Tailgating Recipes, a fancy and flavorful pick to accompany you in your Monday Night Football fun.

There's a cheese for everyone's varying palate in this recipe, and the artichoke hearts only enhance the pungent flavor. To make Giada's dish, first, take the three cheeses (ricotta, Pecorino Romano and fontina), the artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, salt, pepper and lemon zest and combine in a food processor. For the outer shell, cut up the dough and roll it out into separate circles, and brush the dough circles with egg white. Then, put the cheese-and-artichoke mixture on one side of each circle so you can fold the dough over. Pinch the dough closed with your fingers and put the calzones on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil and add a bit of salt and pepper. Bake till the calzones are golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Once done, serve with warmed tomato-basil sauce.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad — Meatless Monday

Learn how to make Rachael Ray's Spinach Artichoke Salad this meatless Monday.

Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese — Meatless Monday

Cozy up to winter comfort food without the calories using Food Network Kitchen's surprisingly healthy recipe for macaroni and cheese.

Giada's Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella — Meatless Monday

Giada gives panzanella salad a twist by grilling the bread and artichokes. She combines tomato and basil for a delicious Italian dish that’s ready to eat in just 16 minutes.

Mexican Frittata — Meatless Monday

Try Food Network's easy, top-rated recipe for Mexican Frittata for a stress-free Meatless Monday dinner tonight.

Taco Night — Meatless Monday

Quick to make and endlessly versatile, tacos are an easy weeknight pick that the whole family will enjoy. Get our recipes for a Meatless Monday.

Skillet Lasagna — Meatless Monday

Prepare Food Network Magazine's lasagna on the stove and serve with Giada's Mixed Green Salad With Sherry Vinaigrette and Rachael's Garlic Bread.

Garden Varieties — Meatless Monday

Embrace the final days of summer with this garden-fresh, veggie-packed plate, complete with tomatoes, zucchini, asparagus and bell peppers.

Soup and Salad — Meatless Monday

Food Network puts a twist on traditional soup and salad favorites using in-season ingredients and bold textures to ensure its recipes are anything but ordinary.

Watermelon Gazpacho — Meatless Monday

Cool down a sticky summer night with this refreshing Watermelon Gazpacho.

Satisfying Salads — Meatless Monday

For a light meal that is easy to make, try serving a few simple but satisfying salads in place of a traditional, heavy meal.