Spinach Calzones with Blue Cheese

  • CindyH Posted: 05/03/09
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    This was pretty good. I decided to saute the mushrooms and onions before baking them in the calzones.

  • flyinghigh Posted: 11/15/08
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    Very good Calzones. Best part about this recipe is that you can add what ever else you would like. I served with a salad to my fiance and parents and they loved them!

  • JJ1916ohio Posted: 01/24/10
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    Delicious. I did a quick saute of the onions, garlic and mushrooms then wilted in the spinach. Put a thin layer of tomato sauce on each calzone then filled them. I subbed in goat cheese for the blue cheese. These were a definitely hit. I was going for a vegetarian meal so I served stuffed mushrooms and salad.

  • bafinaire Posted: 08/12/10
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    Very simple and easy recipe. The calzones came out good but I don't think the recipe is anything too special. I won't make this exact recipe again but it is a good base to use for other ideas.

  • ktzdakwen Posted: 06/09/09
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    Loved it! Very tasty...I will definitely make this again.

  • IamLisa Posted: 05/20/09
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    Such a simple recipe, but so tasty and so easy! And my husband absolutely loved them. I used fresh pizza dough from Whole Foods, but other than that, followed the recipe exactly. Delish!

  • Riace886 Posted: 09/03/10
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    This is an okay recipe, nothing special. This recipe is better as just an inspiring concept. Personally, I just don't like the flavor of blue cheese in calzones. I used my favorite home made pizza crust. When I make these types of calzones again, I'm going to sauté the vegetables first, like I do when I make pizza (these calzones turned out soggy), and my picks for ingredients would be roasted garlic, feta cheese, spinach, and some sautéed vegetables with lots of seasonings. I also oiled the tops and sprinkled them with parmesan before the calzones cooked, which added a bit more flavor. This would be a great recipe if you change mostly everything about it, so my suggestion is stick with the cute calzone squares and just put whatever you think tastes good inside of them.

  • 1323kk Posted: 10/27/09
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    I combined this recipe and one for a roasted onion tart from cooking light. Basically I just tossed the sliced onion and halved garlic cloves with balsamic vinegar and some salt and pepper then roasted them for 25 min or so. Then I put a handful of spinach on each dough piece and a fourth of the onions and garlic, sprinkled the cheese on top (sometimes I use feta instead of blue) then folded the dough. They didn't take quite as long to bake in my oven. They were a huge hit, tons of flavor. Plus they were much easier to make then I expected.

  • iamkarat Posted: 02/24/10
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    excellent! i added some shallots to the saute instead of garlic. the blue cheese, mushrooms and spinach is a great combination. perfect vegetarian meal.

  • MeMyselfAndPie Posted: 04/23/10
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    These were AWESOME! I disagree with all the reviewers that added sauce or sauteed the veggies. It's not needed and will only drown these wonderful flavors! I was skeptical at first too with all that onion and raw spinach, but make the recipe as is and you will be pleasantly surprised! Step-by-step photos on my blog: http://me-myself-and-pie.blogspot.com/2010/03/spinach-blue-cheese-calzones.html

  • steponme Posted: 05/27/10
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    From reading the other reviews; I'm the only one who had a hard time putting the calzones together. My fillings kept falling out of tho dough. The taste was okay; but it wasn't amazing. Probably will not make again because of the assembly problem.

  • ESmith6 Posted: 12/28/10
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    These are delicious...great combination of flavors and easy to make. I used a buttermilk blue which worked well with the mushrooms. My husband suggested adding a bit of leftover steak. I might try that next time.

  • KaitlynC2136 Posted: 10/15/10
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    These were so easy and tasted great! A big hit with the boyfriend! I did get some marinara to dip them in, and I used feta instead of bleu cheese because that's what I had in the fridge. I still tasted great! We will definitely do this again for an easy weeknight meal!

  • Oblivity Posted: 01/02/11
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    Great recipe! Getting all that spinach in was a little tricky, but the end result was beautiful and tasty. I made some for the kids with a little marinara, mozzarella, and sausage--they loved their version, too! This will definitely be a staple in our house.

  • IronTed Posted: 04/11/11
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    These recipes could add cheap textbooks to make them even tastier.

  • oldfoodie Posted: 04/13/11
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    I used crescent rolls instead of the pizza dough ~ I just pinched two crescents together to form a square. The veggies were sauteed prior to stuffing and baking. I forgot to add the blue cheese, so ended up melting it on top... They were REALLY good!! And easy!! Now I'm thinking of other stuffings ~ my son suggested carmelized onions, garlic, prosciutto and feta. Or how about breakfast calzones with eggs, ham and cheese?? Sounds good to me!!

  • hungry01 Posted: 04/13/11
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    5 stars for the amount of flavor for the small amount of work! This was very easily made, and a big hit in our family. It's a little tricky to fill initially, but in the oven, the cheese melts and keeps everything together. Very flavorful. I was surprised that the spinach and mushrooms turned out so well, and thought I'd have to sautee them first too, but it turned great. Instead of minced garlic, I sprinkled garlic powder. That's just a personal preference.

  • cliffyrd Posted: 08/20/11
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    Very easy... caramelized the onions, garlic and mushrooms first and then added shredded mozzarella to the original recipe, Delicious.

  • girly668 Posted: 07/30/11
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    Amazing! So easy and delicious. Super portable. Except definitely up the blue cheese but at least double!!!

  • ekm0924 Posted: 08/28/11
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    Great flavor and great idea -- fun to think of tweaks or totally different ingredients and play around with this one. I've made this or something following this a couple times and have always used pre-made bagged dough instead of the canned dough. That makes it much tougher to roll out and wrap around the food but I prefer to use wheat dough and haven't seen a canned option. We made one with spicy Italian sausage which tasted great with the other ingredients.

  • Foodies2011 Posted: 01/30/12
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    Love all the ingredients, but was not happy with the taste or texture of them together. Surprised not only did I not love it, but couldn't even eat it.

  • Antsbumblebee Posted: 06/12/12
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    Not bad and easy to make!

  • SUEOHB Posted: 04/30/12
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    this was good. I used a walmart pizza crust mix (just add water and only about 50 cents) and rolled out to the needed rectangle. Was going to precook vegetable - but decided to follow recipe.. Assembly would have been a little easier if veg was precooked - but assembly was not too bad. Vegetables were cooked thoroughly - although a lot of steam released as eating, which may not have been as much the case with precooked veg. All in all, a good recipe- especially liked the blue cheese flavor.

  • cw5080 Posted: 05/24/12
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    So EASY and delicious!

  • pschoenroth Posted: 04/25/13
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    Delicious! Will definitely make this again

  • osequin Posted: 05/02/13
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    These were sooo good. I used pizza dough from the grocery store and rolled it out into squares myself. I lightly caramelized 1 onion before I put it in the calzone and I HIGHLY recommend this! I also used feta cheese instead. Absolutely delicious!

  • NewProduser9876 Posted: 04/16/13
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    Outstanding recipe

  • nhbrowneyedgirl Posted: 05/10/12
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    Great mix of flavors for a quick week night dinner. I used a homemade wheat crust that is pretty quick and easy to prepare. I followed directions. My husband and I loved the flavor combination. I liked them as is; he would like to try a marinara dipping sauce and caramelizing the onions next time. I like the idea of roasting in balsamic vinegar. Nice for a vegetarian meal; I served it with a salad topped with avocado.

  • junglebunny Posted: 05/01/12
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    I found these easy to make.....I agree that it is not necessary to precook the vegetables....I just put them in raw and it was perfect. The only negative thing I would add would be that I found the blue cheese flavor overpowering.....I see others used mozzarella, goat, or feta cheese. Next time I will try a different cheese. Also nice with a little marinara on side or top. Will definitely make again.

  • Saecca Posted: 11/20/12
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    I thought these were good, but nothing to write home about.. I might have overstuffed them a little, so they weren't that attractive when they came out of the oven. I used Feta and sliced bellas instead. One good thing is it is an easy and quick meal.

  • LynnBall Posted: 04/15/13
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    I cut my dough in 1/8's instead of 1/4's and served as an appetizer. Worked great. May try to make them even smaller next time.

  • carolfitz Posted: 05/22/12
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    Super-easy. Made to directions except added 1/4 of a pre-cooked hot italian turkey sausage link, diced, to each calzone. Baked on pizza stone 14min. Served with green salad. Good, quick dinner, no need to pre-cook any of the vegs.

  • Keiko123 Posted: 04/30/12
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    Riace886L."This would be a great recipe if you change everythign else in it"..don't bother to rate the recipe the first time if your not going to follow the directions the first time you make it.

  • STynan Posted: 04/15/13
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    Recipe's from CL are generally pretty good but this is one I take exception to. This is not a calzone. It's a nice but not too memorable dish for a meatless Monday but it's not a calzone.

  • daneanp Posted: 06/28/13
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    These were pretty good. I used shredded cheddar for my daughter's because she doesn't like blue cheese. I also took the extra step of carmelizing the onion. Served with Waldorf Coleslaw (also Cooking Light) for a quick work night dinner.

  • Reg1003 Posted: 03/11/14
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    We ate this as a side dish - I used Trader Joe's garlic and herb fresh pizza dough and rolled it out fairly thin. I also cooked sliced leeks and mushrooms before preparing the calzone. Lastly, because I don't care for blue cheese - I used a little bit of ricotta (I had it in the house) and shaved parmesan. It was very delicious! I packed in the fresh spinach - so I felt it was a good veggie side dish with chicken breasts. Very delicious!

  • Tsettimi Posted: 04/19/14
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    These were amazing! This recipe was easy to make and didn't take a lot of time. I bought the pizza dough from the grocery store. I don't like blue cheese so I used mozzarella. I would suggest adding more spinach to each calzone then they say because it shrinks when cooked.

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