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    Feast on Friday: Calzone–The Poor Man’s Pizza

    June 23, 2016
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    Mark loves a good calzone so I knew I couldn’t go wrong by trying out a different version from the usual ham with sweet pepper strips. I first made calzone from the Los Ranchos Elementary School Cookbook and its the main reason I keep that cookbook. Reason might say:

    Copy the recipe, Sue, and throw the old thing away!

    Reason and keeping a well-loved cookbook don’t make good bedmates. I dug out the blue and white with the torn cover last week and set the bread machine running. I cut corners where corners can be cut.  I had the time to wait the two hours on the “wet dough” cycle.

    Calzone

    calzone

    Feast on Friday: Calzone--The Poor Man's Pizza
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    Recipe type: Dinner
    Cuisine: Italian
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    Serves: 4-5
     
    Stuff your little pies with your favorite pizza toppings. I bought ricotta specifically for this, but didn't use it for the chicken and cranberry version. It does add that creamy taste so if it's your first time, follow the recipe.
    Ingredients
    • 1 Ib. Ricotta cheese
    • 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
    • ½ onion, minced
    • 1 lb. fresh spinach
    • ½ cup diced deli ham or Canadian bacon
    • ½ red bell pepper, sliced
    • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
    • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
    • dash of nutmeg, salt, pepper
    • After baking, serve with:
    • ½ - ¾ cup pizza or spaghetti sauce
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400
    2. In a skillet, saute onion and garlic in butter or oil for five minutes
    3. Add spinach and a lid until spinach wilts (two minutes or so)
    4. Combine all the ingredients except sauce in a large bowl including the spinach mixture
    5. Place dough on oiled baking pan
    6. Place filling on ½ half of the rolled out dough lengthwise
    7. Fold over the dough and seal with your fingers. Curve gently into a crescent shape
    8. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes
    9. Spread sauce on top or add it on the side for dipping.

    I divided the dough into two crescents to experiment with fillings: half chicken mixed with plain Greek yogurt, dried cranberries and slivered almonds; half with ricotta, onions, peppers and sliced deli ham.

    calzone

    calzone

    The Man-in-Plaid was a happy camper. I live to make happy campers of others since my camping days are over – unless it’s at the local Embassy Suites.

    calzone

    If you add a salad, you have the illusion of a healthier dinner. I’m all for illusions.

    calzone

     

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