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Cheeseburger Calzones (Vegan)

Published December 15, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

It was time to use up my thawed & proofed pizza dough! (Whenever I order pizza from our local pizzaria I always order a dough ball too, wrap it in plastic wrap, and throw it in a bag in the freezer for another use.) Since the pizza rolls I made last time broke my pizza stone with their awesomeness, I made these on prepped cookie sheets this time. The tofu ricotta recipe here is similar to the one I use in my lasagna recipe. I used silken tofu, because that’s what I had on hand, and it worked great, and I adjusted the seasonings by taste. These were super delicious and filling! : )

Vegan Cheeseburger Calzones

1 large ball of pizza dough
pizza sauce
1 recipe tofu ricotta, below
2 burger patties, thawed, drained & crumbled (I used Gardein!)
Additional toppings (I used sliced kalamata olives)
vegan cheese (I used Daiya cheddar & mozzarella)

Tofu Ricotta

1 package firm or extra firm regular or silken tofu, lighty pressed & crumbled
1 tbsp. lemon juice
~1/2 c. nutritional yeast
2 tbsp. vegan parm, optional
Italian seasoning, salt & pepper to taste (crushed red pepper flakes would be good too, I just realized!)
~2/3 c. frozen, chopped spinach or greens, optional

Directions: Using a fork, combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl, and set aside.

Directions: Preheat oven to 425*F and prepare cookie sheets.

1. Knead dough lightly to squeeze out any air bubbles and divide into 4 pieces with a sharp knife. Roll out into circular shapes about 8″ in diameter.

2. You can either spread a thin layer of pizza sauce or not, up to you. If you do, make sure to leave about 2cm-1″ of space at the edge for sealing when you’re done.  Place about 1/4 of ricotta mixture on one half of the circle. Top with about 1/4 of crumbled burger. Add additional toppings and cover with shredded cheese. Fold plain half over and roll the edge to seal, crimping with your fingers. Cut 2-3 vent holes in the top.

3. Repeat with remaining dough and toppings.

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. I had to use both oven racks, so I switched the cookie sheets half-way through for an even bake. Let cool slightly and enjoy! Serve with additional pizza sauce for topping and/or dipping! : )

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