Rapini Ricotta Calzones

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Mild ricotta and garlicky bitter rapini make an exceptionally delicious filling. Be sure to drain the ricotta well and squeeze out all moisture from the rapini to prevent the filling from becoming too wet.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2007

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tubs (454 g tubs) ricotta cheese
  • 1 bunch rapini (about 1 lb/500 g)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup grated romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 lb pizza dough
  • 5 oz thinly sliced mortadella (about 8 slices) optional

Method

In double cheesecloth-lined sieve set over bowl, drain ricotta in refrigerator for 4 hours. Discard liquid. (Make-ahead: Drain in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)

Trim off tough bottoms of rapini stalks about 1/4 inch (5 mm) from end. In large pot of boiling salted water, cover and cook rapini until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and chill under cold water; drain again and squeeze dry. Coarsely chop; set aside. (Make-ahead: Wrap in towel and refrigerate in large resealable bag for up to 24 hours.)

In small skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat; fry garlic and hot pepper flakes until light golden, about 1 minute. Scrape into bowl; let cool for 5 minutes. Beat in egg, egg yolk, Romano cheese, salt and drained ricotta. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Divide dough in half. On lightly floured surface, roll out each half to 12- x 10-inch (30 x 25 cm) oval. Leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border, lay half of the mortadella (if using) lengthwise over half of each. Spread with ricotta mixture; cover with rapini. Top with remaining mortadella. Brush edges with water; fold dough over filling, crimping edges to seal. Using tip of sharp knife, cut 3 vent holes on top of each.

Arrange calzones, 4 inches (10 cm) apart, on large rimless cornmeal-dusted baking sheet. Bake in 450°F (230°C) oven until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Cut each into 3 or 4 wedges.

Nutritional facts Per each of 8 servings: about

  • Sodium 841 mg
  • Protein 21 g
  • Calories 458.0
  • Total fat 22 g
  • Cholesterol 102 mg
  • Saturated fat 10 g
  • Total carbohydrate 46 g

%RDI

  • Iron 26.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 33.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 30.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 25.0
  • Vitamin C 12.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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