Phil Collins and Calzones

Calzones are a guilty pleasure of mine. My absolute favorite is from a hole in wall joint on the outskirts of Rural Hall- about as far from Italy as you can get but so good. They’re kinda all things that are bad for you – but they don’t have to be so terrible. My version uses a whole wheat crust and low fat cheeses. Don’t eat them everyday but don’t hate yourself for a little indulgence.

OF NOTE: This recipe comes to you mid Phil Collins binge. I love the man. I highly recommend you make this tasty Italian nosh while playing air drums to “In the Air Tonight”.  I’ve even hyperlinked it for your listening ease. You are welcome.

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Spinach and Ricotta Calzones: makes 2 big calzones, serves 4 or a very hangry 2


 

  • 1 ball uncooked whole wheat pizza dough (store bought or homemade)
  • ¾ cup shredded part skim mozzarella
  • ¾ cup low fat ricotta
  • 2 cups raw baby spinach
  • ½ cup grated parasean cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • turkey pepperoni (optional)
  • Marinara sauce for dipping!

Preheat the oven to 425 degree!

Half your pizza dough and flatten each hunk into a rough square/rectangle about ¼ inch thick. I use my fingers like claws and punch it out- pretty sure I saw that on TV once.

On one half of each crust lay out the spinach and cheeses, spreading them across but leaving a good 2 border. Top the filling with a dash of Italian seasoning. Fold the other half of the crust over the top and crimp the edges closed using a fork or your fingers. Brush the top of each calzone with melted butter then sprinkle with Italian seasoning and a bit for grated parmesan. Cut the top to vent and pop them in the oven!

Bake for about 15-18 minutes until golden. I recommend flipping them over halfway through cooking to get both sides crisp!

I die. It was so yummy.

 

xoxo•Kyndle

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