Eggplant Parm Calzone

This calzone combines two of my favorite things: eggplant parm and garlic bread.  These are hard to put down…  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. bakery dough
  • Breaded eggplant slices (approximately 24)
  • Approximately 1 cup robust red sauce
  • Approximately 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Approximately 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Garlic butter
    • 1-2 tbsp butter, melted
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp dried parsley

HOW TO MAKE IT

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 15 in. x 10 in. rectangle (about 1/4″ thick)
  • Place dollops of sauce down the center of the dough, use the back of a spoon to spread it thin
  • Next, place a layer of overlapping breaded eggplant slices down the center of the rolled out dough (about 2-3 slices in each row – depending on size)
  • Top the breaded eggplant with more sauce, make sure the sauce evenly coats the eggplant
  • Sprinkle the cheeses on top of the sauce and repeat until you have three layers of eggplant
  • Pull one side of dough over the cheese and then overlap that by pulling the other side of dough over – fold up the ends and pinch to seal closed
  • Flip the calzone over and place seam side down on a greased baking sheet (I use Pam with Olive Oil) – brush the calzone with the melted garlic butter
  • Bake in the oven at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
  • Let the calzone cool for about 10 minutes (if you can!) and then slice into 1 inch pieces

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Faux-coccia

This quick and easy bread is a weeknight staple in our house – it pairs very well with any pasta dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. bakery dough
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic in oil or garlic puree (comes in a jar)
  • Dried oregano to taste
  • Dried crushed rosemary to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Parmesan cheese

HOW TO MAKE IT

  • On a floured surface, roll your dough out into an organic shape (we’re not making a pizza here, so it doesn’t need to be a circle)
  • Transfer the dough onto a greased baking sheet
  • Drizzle 1 tsp of olive oil on top of the dough – spread it so it coats the whole surface
  • Spread the garlic evenly across the dough
  • Sprinkle the oregano, rosemary and red pepper flakes
  • Top it off with the Parmesan cheese
  • Bake at 350°F for 20-25 mins