November 5, 2008

Spinach and Sausage Calzones

Tonight's post is going to be a bit short since I was up late last night watching the election returns. I must say that I am happy that the election is finished. I've had enough of the commercials and the pundits. Saturday Night Live and Tina Fey made the last few weeks so much more bearable though.
Last weekend, I picked up some whole wheat pizza dough because I thought I could make a simple dinner one night this week. Rather than make pizza, calzones sounded better to me. This dinner was done in 30 minutes, and there wasn't even a crumb left. We dipped them in marinara sauce and they were so delicious! Whenever you need a meal that doesn't require a lot of preparation.

Check out Dine and Dish and see how Kristen made Barbeque Chicken Calzones! These calzones are are to satisfy everyone at your dinner table.
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Spinach and Sausage Calzones
Source: Patsyk

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat pizza dough (enough for 2 pies)
  • 6 links sweet turkey sausage, casings removed
  • Penzey's Pizza seasoning
  • 8 ounces frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and liquid squeezed out
  • about 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey sausage and break-up into small pieces as it cooks. Once fully cooked, drain and place in a medium bowl. Add spinach to the sausage and mix well.
  3. Divide dough into 8 pieces. Flatten and stretch each piece into a circular shape. Add about a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the sausage mixture to the center of the the dough. Add a healthy sprinkle of mozzarella over the sausage. Then fold it over and pinch to seal. Cut 2 to 3 slits in the top of the calzone. Brush with olive oil. Repeat with all pieces of dough.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes. Serve with warmed marinara sauce.
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17 comments:

Melanie said...

Yum...and what a great way to "hide" spinach. I bet my kids wouldn't even notice.

That Girl said...

My calzones always pop open - this one looks fab!

Heather said...

mmmm, i love calzones! these look delicious! i hear ya on the campaign. i'm very happy that the smear ads are gone :)

Carla said...

Ok seriously, this is the third calzone post I've come across. Maybe it's a sign to go make some haha Yours look awesome!

Jo said...

Yummy! I've never made calzones before and I do have some left over though .. hmmm!

Michelle said...

These look easy and I love easy recipes!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Spinach and cheese in a warm package is absolutely fab.

ttfn300 said...

yum... that would be perfect to take to lunch today!!!

Teresa said...

Sounds yummy! O love Penzy's pizza spice! I'm out and too cheap to order more until after Christmas! LOL! Can't wait to try these.

doggybloggy said...

oooh thats a good idea for my leftover pizza dough - hot pockets

Mary said...

This is another winner, Patsy. I love the inclusion of spinach and the whole wheat fro the rusts.

Stacey Snacks said...

P,
This looks great! Your dough is nice too. I love spinach/sausage together. I will make calzones instead of pizza. Good idea!
Stacey

Aggie said...

Oh I love calzones! I have never made my own though...(I am spoiled, my parents have owned a pizzeria my whole life!)

These look great, and I'll have to attempt ww pizza dough again and try your recipe!!

Dee said...

I've never attempted a wholewheat pizza dough, but I'm keen to give it a go. Especially since your calzone looks so delish.

alexandra's kitchen said...

Yes, thank the lord for SNL and Tina Fey. THey are brilliant. Amy Poehler, too. These calzones look terrific!

Psychgrad said...

I use a whole wheat recipe that is three parts all purpose flour and one part whole wheat flour. It tends to be difficult to roll out. Any suggestions?

Your calzones look very good. I should try a spinach version. I also like the idea of dipping it in marinara sauce.

Tracy said...

Mmmm .... looks good!

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