Spinach and Cheese Calzone Recipe

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Calzones are Italian baked specialty sandwiches that have become a worldwide favorite. This version is brimming with delicious ingredients, making it a perfect lunch or light supper entrée.
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Ingredients
  • CALZONE DOUGH:
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast - regular or fast acting
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil - to brush on dough
  • FILLING:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion - chopped
  • 1 pound spinach - fresh, stemmed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces mushroom - sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil or three tablespoons fresh basil - chopped
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup smoked mozzarella cheese - shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese - shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese - shredded
Container: baking sheet, large skillet, large bowl, medium bowl
Directions
PREP
45 mins
COOK
15 mins
READY IN
1 hr
CALZONE DOUGH:
  • Place water in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle yeast on top and whisk in the honey until everything is dissolved.
  • Use a whisk to stir in the salt and flour.
  • When too thick to mix with the whisk, mix with floured hands.
  • Knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes.
  • Shape into a smooth ball and place back in the bowl.
  • Brush with a little olive oil and cover the bowl with a towel.
  • Set the bowl in a warm place for 1-2 hours so the dough can rise.
  • The dough should double in size.
  • You can make the filling for these while the dough rises.
  • The dough may be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen until ready to use.
  • Allow it to come to room temperature before using and knead a few times to warm it up.
  • Punch down the risen dough.
  • Divide it into 6 equal portions.
  • Roll out the dough one at a time on a floured surface into a 6-8 inch circle.
FILLING:
  • Heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion and mushrooms and sauté for 10 minutes.
  • Add spinach, garlic, basil, salt and pepper.
  • Sauté 3 more minutes and set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix ricotta cheese and two mozzarella cheeses.
  • Add the spinach mixture and stir until combined.
  • Preheat oven to 450° F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
  • Place 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the filling on one half of the circle of dough, leaving 1/2 inch rim around the outside edge.
  • Sprinkle filling with parmesan cheese.
  • Moisten the outside rim of the dough with water using your finger or a small pastry brush.
  • Fold the dough over the top of the filling and crimp the edges. This will make a half moon shape.
  • Go around the edges with the tines of a fork to seal.
  • Prick the top of the calzone with a fork to let the steam escape while baking.
  • Arrange assembled calzones on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  • Brush the tops with butter or oil during the last five minutes of baking.
  • Serve warm.
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