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

    June 23, 2016

    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.



    Feast on Friday: Calzone--The Poor Man's Pizza
    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.
    • 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
    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.



    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.


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



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