Food For Thought – Spinach And Feta Calzones

“So what’s Steinbrenner gonna do if he doesn’t get his calzone?” -Jerry Seinfeld from Seinfeld

You cannot get good pizza here. There’s perfectly good pizza sold at Italian restaurants but it’s not New York fucking pizza. And that’s what I have been craving. But I can’t make that stuff and the most I can do is to try to make some pizza substitutes. So now I’m trying this calzone recipe.

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced and divided
  • 1 medium onion, julienned
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

 

Directions

Dough

  • Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl and let sit for five minutes. Add in 1 teaspoon oil.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Slowly add yeast mixture.
  • Knead about five minutes.
  • Oil a bowl, place dough inside and cover. Let rise in a warm place for 90 minutes.
  • Punch dough down and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Roll dough into a 12-inch square
  • Coat an 8-inch square baking pan oiled.
  • Preheat oven to 425°.

Filling

  • Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are clear, remove and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add spinach until it begins to wilt. You may have to split the spinach up depending on the size of your pan.
  • Press the spinach in a colander to remove excess water.
  • Mix onions, spinach and cheese together.
  • Fill the dough with the mixture, fold
  • Brush dough with oilve oil.
  • Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes.

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