Spinach Calzones

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Spinach Calzones
We love making our own pizza, but we’d never tried our hand at calzones until recently. We found that where sharing half a pizza is wonderful, eating that same pizza half in the form of your own personal pizza pocket is that much more satisfying!

You can use any vegetables you like for these portable pizzas in place of the ones we’ve used here, especially if you‘re not a mushroom lover (I’d recommend substituting artichokes). Even better, use any cooked vegetables (or meat) that you have on hand, which is the easier and more traditional Italian way.

Another tip for easy preparation is to make the pizza dough in advance and freeze it, so that it is on hand the day of baking (we’ve also found freezing also helps the consistency of the dough). If you plan to serve the calzones with a red sauce, you could make that in advance as well.

Buon Appetito!

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Spinach Calzones


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pizza dough recipe (2 crusts)
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 6 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (or a handful of chopped fresh basil if in season)
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes (or classic tomato sauce, if using to serve)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Kosher salt
  • Classic tomato sauce to serve, if desired

Instructions

  1. Prepare the dough using either the stand mixeror food processor methods (you also can knead by hand; follow this video instruction for more). Follow the preparation instructions in the dough recipe if prepared in advance.
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 500°F.
  3. If serving with classic tomato sauce, make the sauce.
  4. Chop the mushrooms. Mince 4 cloves garlic. Wash 6 cups spinach leaves.
  5. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small saucepan, and sauté the mushrooms, 1 tablespoon basil, and 1 pinch kosher salt until soft, around 4 minutes. Add 1/2 cup tomatoes or tomato sauce and garlic and stir to combine. Add the spinach leaves and cook down until all the liquid has evaporated. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir to combine with 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and let it rest a few minutes. To stretch the dough, gently press it out on a floured surface into a circle shape. Then drape the dough over both of your knuckles and rotate it around, allowing it to stretch itself to a larger circle, about 6 inches in diameter. If the dough starts to resist stretching, put it down and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes, at which point it will stretch more easily.
  7. On one half of each dough circle, add 1/4 of the filling mixture, making sure to leave 1 inch around the edge. Fold the other half of the dough over so that the calzone forms a half-moon shape. Crimp the edges together.
  8. Carefully place the calzones on a well-floured pizza peel or baking sheet. Beat 1 egg together with 1 tablespoon water and brush the egg wash onto the top of the calzones. (Be careful not to drip the egg wash on the peel or baking sheet to avoid sticking when sliding into the oven.)
  9. Transfer the calzones onto the pizza stone in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool, then serve with tomato sauce.

 

 

15 Comments

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    Caramel Wings
    January 11, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I absolutely love this recipe :) I need to try it out, since I have tried out your Classic Tomato Sauce last week, and made my own Pizza Bread Dough too, I will definitely give this a go :)

    Love your site, last time my comment did not get published. I am still new to the whole food blogging thing, but you do inspire me a lot :)

    Ashrita @ Caramel Wings

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      Sonja
      January 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the blog :) I made a small update to the classic tomato sauce after making these calzone to add a bit of lemon juice at the end to smooth out the flavor a bit – let me know what you think if you try it again!

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        Caramel Wings
        January 12, 2011 at 3:52 am

        Hey there :)

        Guess what, I just made my own Calzones <3 And they are DELICIOUS! I tried the alternative recipe on the comments section of your Classic Tomato Sauce and added the Lemon Juice for an extra twist. But it is safe to say that I might not be ordering for Pizzas/Calzones again!!

        Unfortunately it was all gone before I could click some snaps! But the next time I make them (And I will) I will surely blogpost them!

        Thank you so much for the recipe :)

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          Sonja
          January 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

          Great!! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Nikki (Pennies on a Platter)
    January 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Wow! That looks so delicious! I love calzones, but never tried my hand at them. Bookmarking this and getting ready to just do it! :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Great! It’s a bit of work but it pays off :) Let us know how it turns out!

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    suchitra
    January 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    would you believe that I also tried out calzones for the first time yesterday and loved the outcome- I made a simple veggie filling though- nxt on list is spinach stuffing- looks super delicious

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    Annie
    January 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    That is such a gorgeous picture! I haven’t had a calzone in ages and that one looks delicious. I like the idea of using veggies instead of meat because it wouldn’t be as greasy. Plus its a good way to get some veggies ;)

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    Melinda Neely
    January 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    You read my mind! I was just speaking to a friend of mine today about good recipes using spinach. I will forward this to him as this sounds wonderful!

  • Reply
    Lindsey at Burn Me Not
    January 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    These calzones look incredibly delicious! I am definitely flagging this for a later date. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Tiffany
    January 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Calzones are great because you can fill them with whatever you have in the fridge! Great ‘go to’ dinner!

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    kitchenarian
    January 13, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I love calzones, especially spinach (and artichoke too). While I have made pizza a million times, I have never made calzones. I will be correcting that shortly with the help of your recipe. Thanks!

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    Kristin
    May 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Made these tonight with your classic tomato sauce…absolutely amazing!

  • Reply
    Maura
    August 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Sorry, I’m having a dense moment. The part that says 1/2 pizza dough recipe (2 crusts) is throwing me. Just want to confirm – the pizza dough recipe makes 2 medium pizzas. We take 1 of those 2 pizza doughs and split that into 4’s to make calzones?

    How would the cook time change if you just wanted to make 2 slightly bigger calzones?

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Alex
      August 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Haha! Sorry for the confusion… A full pizza dough recipe makes 8 calzones. The cooking time for larger calzones is probably about the same. Hope you enjoy!

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