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Homemade Italian Sausage and Spinach Calzone

I am taking a break from building on the classic Italian dishes category to add a new one here it dawned on me although we have many pizza recipes we don’t have any for its cousin the calzone. Now if you have never had a calzone you are in for a treat they are kind of like a personal pizza that has dough on all sides so more like a traditional pie as we think of it on this side of the pond. Now just like there are endless possibilities with pizza toppings there are endless combinations of calzone fillings. A popular item that isn’t often unused in pizza which is used in many calzone recipes is the addition of ricotta cheese as one of the fillings.

Calzones can either be meat, vegetable, or a combination of both just like you would find on a pizza. Now what you put into it is entirely up to you I am merely offering up one suggestion to kick off the category and surprisingly enough this one does not feature ricotta. Now this doesn’t mean you couldn’t add it in if you want another wonderful addition to this would be mushrooms in my opinion and maybe even onions, simple enough to modify. There are no hard and fast rules to calzones from a filling standpoint it is merely personal choice so feel free to modify away this is merely one suggestion of items that go well together.

Now another thing adding parmesan on the outside is a personal choice too, of course you can omit this or sprinkle it on the pieces when you cut into it. This is a very filling calzone so it might be better to share with a friend unless you are feeling very hungry. I will over the next short while be adding others to the list so that you have more ideas of the possibilities that can be put together but like I said this is a personal thing so just remember to cook the meat, don’t fill it too much and you will probably find it easier to eat them with a knife and fork and dip it into the marinara sauce. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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