Blue Apron Recipe #3

April 06, 2016

blue apron recipe #3
It's time to say YUM again!  I made the third recipe from Blue Apron!  I couldn't help but to drool during this recipe.  I love pizza and I love calzones so to get the chance to make homemade calzones. This meal is called Mushroom & Collard Green Calzones with Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Dipping Sauce.  Per usual, I took out the mushrooms because they freak me out and we added meat substitute for Omar & Gabe.

"It's Italian night, chefs!  We're filling these delicious vegetarian calzones with sautéed mushrooms and hearty collard greens- a wonderfully versatile leafy vegetable.  For plenty of rich, savory flavor and satisfyingly creamy texture, we're also using three kinds of cheese: fresh mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan.  All these golden-crusted calzones need on the side is a simple, lightly spiced tomato sauce for dipping."

This meal was super delicious and fun to make!  Although, I did need a couple helping hands because there was a lot of moving parts to this meal.  It was well worth it though because hands down one of the best meals I've ever made!  Did I already say this was delicious?  Because it's DE-LIC-IOUS!  Below I listed the ingredients and steps to make it.

Ingredients (serves 3 people):

1 Pound Plain Pizza Dough
1 15-Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
4 Ounces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Cup Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
4 Ounces White Button Mushrooms
3 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Bunch Collard Greens
2 Tablespoons Semolina Flour
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Teaspoons Calzone Spice Blend (Aleppo Pepper & Italian Seasoning)

Makes 3 Servings, about 700 Calories Per Serving

Cooking Instructions (Prep Time: 10 min, Cook Time: 35-45mins):

1) Prepare the ingredients:  Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.  Wash and dry the fresh produce.  Remove the dough from the refrigerator o bring to room temperature.  Thinly slice the mushrooms.  Remove and discard the collard green stems; finely chop the leaves.  Peel and mince the garlic.  Tear the mozzarella cheese into small pieces.
2)  Cook the vegetables:  In a medium (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot.  Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned.  Add the collared greens; season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until the collard green have wilted.  Transfer to a large bowl.
3)  Make the tomato sauce:  While the vegetables cook, in a small pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on a medium-high until hot.  Add the garlic; season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.  Add the spice blend and cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted and fragrant.  Add the crushed tomatoes and timer, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly reduced in volume.  Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4)  Make the filling:  To the bowl of cooked vegetables, add the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese and 1/3 of the tomato sauce.  Stir to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.
5)  Assemble the calzones:  Sprinkle a big pinch of the flour onto a clean, dry work surface.  Divide the dough into 3 equal-sized portions.  Using your hands, gently stretch the portions.  Using your hands, gently stretch the portions into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.  (If the dough is resistant, let rest for 5 minutes.)  Divide the filling between the centers of the rounds; fold each round in half over the filling.  Using a for, crimp the edges of the dough to seal the calzones.
6)  Bake the calzones & plate your dish:  Sprinkle the remaining flour onto a sheet pan.  Carefully transfer the calzones to the prepared sheet pan; drizzle or brush the tops with olive oil.  Bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 2 minutes.  Divide 2 of the baked calzones between 2 dishes (you will have an extra calzone).  Serve with the remaining tomato sauce on the side.  Enjoy!
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
blue apron recipe #3
**I totally forgot to take a finished product picture but just trust me... they looked pretty.**

If you try this recipe let me know what you think!!

xoxo, Michele

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