A few years ago, I went to Italy with my dad. Ahhhh I miss it so much! It is definitely as amazing as everyone says. Our first few days were spent in Rome, and for lunch one day I ordered a spinach panini. It was literally just filled with olive oil, sea salt, and spinach, and it was absolutely divine.
One might think a spinach sandwich sounds quite undelightful and potentially gross, but no! It was so so so very good. (Of course, if you’re a spinach hater, you might take a different perspective. As a spinach lover, I have a natural bias. Not as extreme as Popeye, but maybe one day I’ll get there.)
This calzone was inspired by that panini I had in Rome. I added cheese because…of course, but I didn’t do anything else crazy or different because I wanted to retain the integrity of the memory 😉
There’s a whole BAG of baby spinach leaves in these babes so really, we’re just eating a mega delicious salad covered in bread for dinner. The bread and cheese are for making the salad eating easier and less painful. You’re welcome.
These calzones are what one might call “stupid-easy.” Like, really. Nothing fancy or special about it, just really dang delicious. Feel free to add some Italian seasoning or parmesan or chicken any fun add-ins your little heart desires, the world is your oyster! I mean calzone. The world is your calzone.
Makes 2 large calzones
1/2 batch pizza dough
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 t minced garlic
1/4 t salt
1 bag baby spinach leaves
1-2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400.
In a large skillet on medium heat, drizzle in the olive oil and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add in spinach and salt. Cook until slightly wilted and then take off the heat.
Split the pizza dough into two halves, and roll each out to a large circley-ovally shape.
On 1/2 of each circle of dough, spread the spinach and mozzarella around and then fold the other half over the filling, crimping the edges to seal them shut. Does that make sense? I sure hope it does 😝
Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet.
Beat the egg in a small bowl and with a basting brush, brush the tops of the calzones.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
^^ THE CHEESE!!! ^^