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To clarify, this is a calzone…only BETTER!
Well, it’s not really a calzone, but that is what I am comparing it to. A Gozleme is actually a turkish flatbread, that’s made of hand rolled dough and brushed with butter (I used olive oil), filled with different savory toppings and cooked over a griddle (I used my trusty Stuab cast iron skillet). I looked up the meaning of Gozleme and found that goz is Turkish for eye. As the flatbread cooks, you will see little brown spots begin to appear, apparently these are the “eyes”. Traditionally, Gozleme can be filled with a minced type of meat, such as lamb, but there are many other types of fillings that can be used. I went opposite of meat and filled mine Gozleme with cheese, veggies and herbs.
Typical, right? But hey, this leaves me with yet another Gozleme to try out. My next version will be lamb, and trust me, there will be MANY more Gozleme in my future.
They are so good. No, for reals. So good.
Also, I love when Monday includes this much cheesy goodness. Doesn’t it just make Monday all that much better!?! And fun? And delicious?
Yup. Yup. Sure does.
Oddly, I am particularly excited for this Monday. One, because I have been dying to share this meal with you since the day I made it and two, because I am hoping that with the start of a new week it will also be the start of some new weather (Tuesday says mostly sunny and 49).
I really hate to complain again about the weather, but well, I just have to (you know, shake it off, complain it off? Same sort of thing, right? Right.). It’s been cold, snowing and windy all weekend and umm it’s left me wanting to stay under my covers at all times and hide from life…if only I was fourteen again and could get away with that.
Someday though, when I am all on top of things, ahead with work and life and the house is semi clean I will have that day. That type of day I used have all the time when I was a teen. That kind of day literally spent in your pajamas, snuggling in your covers and watching re-runs of all the cheesy romantic movies on TV. Come on, you guys all know about this day, right? It’s typically a rainy day (hey, I lived in Cleveland!) and it’s just what every person needs every once in a while.
I may be remembering them better than they really were, but then again, probably not. Lazy days rule. Just sayin.
Ahh. SHOOT. Now I am realizing that I am probably making you all dream about the perfect lazy day on a Monday. SORRY. Next time, I will do this on a Friday, so you can wake up Saturday and have your perfect lazy day, but then make a killer dinner with an extra chocolate dessert cause that’s how all lazy days need to end.
Oh, oh!?! What if I made us all a guide to the perfect lazy day? Like a list of all the movies, books, popcorn, cheese, cookies, pizza and ice cream that we definitely need to experience on our lazy day?? I’m not sure that guide is really needed, but it sure would be fun to put together!
OK. stopping now. My mind drifts AND gets a little carried away. Sorry. Again.
Not sure how I got so off track there, but let me get us back on track. I know that these asparagus, pistachio pesto and ricotta Gozleme may seem a bit odd, but they really are very similar to making a calzone, only instead of baking, you use a skillet.
So you see? They are better than a calzone, just for the simple fact that you don’t have to wait twenty minutes for them to bake. And by cooking that dough on the skillet, well it’s like eating a piece of stuffed homemade naan…beyond delicious. The options for fillings are endless. Trust me, I had a rather hard time deciding between a few ideas, but somehow I ended up with one that’s pretty perfect for spring – light, colorful and full of fresh herbs and spring veggies.
Oh and right. Cheese!!
I used a mix of ricotta and fontina, but if there are any vegans out there who might want to make this, you can totally leave the cheese out and swap the parmesan in the pesto for nutritional yeast.
You can also use goat cheese if you just are not a fan of cow’s milk cheese. I think goat cheese would be so good. No matter what way you decide to make these, they’re gonna be awesome. It’s really all about that dough and cooking it on a skillet. It’s just a wonderful thing.
Plus, it’s carbs, basil and cheese. Three of my most favorite things.
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You really cannot go wrong with a combo like that.
I made these last night and they were delicious! Everyone loved them! The only thing about this recipe was that the dough only yielded 5 gozlemes. I let the dough rise a lot, rolled it out very very thin, and I was only able to make 5 gozlemes that were very small (like the palm of my hand). Other than that, they were very tasty and were a hit last night!
Hey Jen! I am really excited you enjoyed these, thats awesome! Sorry that they did not yield 8… Maybe I miscounted when I made the recipe.. I am not too sure. But thanks so much for letting me know, and I am so happy you loved them!! ?