For a new twist to calzones, try Pumpkin, Sausage and Spinach Calzone. The pumpkin puree adds unique flavor to this classic dish.
1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed (about 3 links)
5 cups baby spinach (from 1 5-oz. box)
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
4 ounces Fontina cheese, finely diced
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°F. Set 2 fine-mesh strainers over 2 bowls. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Divide dough into 4 portions; roll them into 7-inch rounds.
Warm 1 Tbsp. oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage, stirring and breaking up meat, until browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a strainer to drain.
Warm 1 Tbsp. oil in same skillet over medium heat. Cook spinach, stirring, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Transfer to second strainer; squeeze out liquid.
Spread pumpkin on one side of each dough round, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Divide sausage, spinach and cheese among rounds, scattering over pumpkin. Fold dough over filling and pinch edges to seal.
Brush tops of calzones with 1 Tbsp. oil. Transfer to baking sheet; bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
I made this for dinner last night. Being a new home owner I sitll don't have some tools so I made this stromboli style (and cut it into 8 strips) since I didn't have a rolling pin and I used mozzerella and good quality parmesan. It was DELISH! I wasn't expecting it to be so good. I almost ate the whole thing. I will definitely make it again. Good fall comfort dish.
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