21 June 2011

that's amore!

thanks for all of the fabulous travel suggestions and keep them coming! thanks to pink champagne, i will definitely be checking out the swoon-worthy cocktail culture  RISD exhibit featuring dior, chanel, and oscar de la renta!

since the beau is leaving for several weeks on the road, i made him a farewell meal that i knew he would love: homemade calzones.  suprisingly easy and soooo yummy.  he was tres impressed. i believe the exact words were, "i didn't know you could make these at home", like the secrets of calzones weren't available to amateurs.  he's a funny one.  anyhoo, these were inspired by a giada recipe.  here's my take:

sausage and spinach calzones
serves 2-4
1 tablespoon olive oil
16 oz. turkey sausage
red pepper flakes and italian seasoning, to taste
2 cups fresh baby spinach
8 oz. neufchatel cheese, softened
2/3 cup parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 13-16 oz. ball pizza dough
1 egg, beaten
2 cups marinara sauce

preheat the oven to 450.

heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium-sized, heavy skillet. add the sausage, red pepper flakes, and italian seasoning and cook until crumbled and golden, about 5 minutes. add half of the spinach and cook until wilted. turn off the heat and let cool about 10 minutes. add the cream cheese, 1/3 cup parmesan, pepper and remaining spinach and stir to combine. set aside.

divide the dough into two equal portions.  dust the work surface with cornmeal and roll out each half into approximately 10-inch rounds.  tranfser the dough to a heavy baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. 

put the cheese mixture on 1 side of each of the dough rounds leaving a 1-inch border. using a pastry brush, lightly brush the edges of the dough with the beaten egg. fold the unfilled side of the dough over the filling and using the tines of a fork, press the edges of the dough together to seal. brush the tops of the calzones with the egg wash and sprinkle with remaining parmesan. using a paring knife, cut a 1/2-inch wide slit in the top layer of the dough. bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. cut the calzones into slices and serve with warm marinara sauce.

i served this with romaine leaves and homemade caesar dressing. easy peasy!


Sweet Southern Prep said...

Wow, that calzone looks super yummy! I couldn't make that if i tried a million times!! RISD always makes me think of Seth Cowen from The OC. Not sure if you watched or not... Loved that show!

Shelby Clark said...

Hi! You have a lovely blog! I saw a comment you left on A Cup of Jo and thought your blog title sounded so cute! I decided to come check it out, and your blog definitely does not disappoint! This recipe sounds divine! I'll have to try it!

Evie said...

Note to self: learn how to make calzones because that looks delicious! Just stumbled onto your lovely blog!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

thanks for this idea! we'll be making calzones tonight, but with shrimp & tomato filling!