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.

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