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Three cheese calzones with chicken sausage and spinach

May 28, 2013

Only bad thing about these was burning the roof of my mouth. Other than that these were pretty excellent calzones. This was one of those, we have a lot of random ingredients in the fridge, let’s throw them inside of some pizza dough and make calzones. 

ImageWe had (get ready for a long list) half of an onion, three chicken sausages, 1 bag of spinach, 1 head of garlic (only used 5 cloves), 1/2 empty container of ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and two bags of dough from Trader Joe’s, one whole wheat and one white. And this is how it went…

Chop onion into long, skinny strips and saute with chopped garlic and a little S&P for about 4-5 minutes. Cut the chicken sausage into small coins and like cut in half and add to mixture. The sausage I used was already pre-cooked so I only want to heat them up. Add spinach and saute until wilted. 

To be fair to Mike I removed half of the filling for his calzones and added some red pepper flakes to my half and sauteed for a couple more minutes. I really enjoy the heat that red pepper flakes add, Mike does NOT. 

Roll out pizza dough. I usually opt for the dough from Trader Joe’s because it is SO convenient. Split the dough into two and roll out into flat, rectangle shapes. I buy two bags so we end up with four total calzones. Two for dinner for us and two for lunch.

Combine the three cheeses and a pinch of nutmeg and lay flat on one side of the dough. Top with filling and lay the other side over the top and seal the edges. Just like the burgers I made, proper sealing is important here. You don’t want all those yummy insides leaking out. I roll the two sides together to form a tight seal.

Bake at 400 degrees for our 20-23 minutes or until brown on top and the crust is done. Serve with your favorite tomato sauce. And wait until they are a little cool, or you will wind up like me. 

PS – Don’t mind the small hardware store on our kitchen table, Mike has been doing some bathroom repairs. 

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