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Spinach-Feta Calzone Casserole

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 6 servings
Readers love a one-dish meal; this updated casserole is a cross between a vegetarian calzone and the classic Greek dish spanakopita.

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced and divided
  • 2 cups thinly vertically sliced onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 275
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 7.1 g
  • satfat 2.7 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 11.7 g
  • carbohydrate 43.2 g
  • fiber 5.4 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 6.5 mg
  • sodium 576 mg
  • calcium 240 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare dough, dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon oil. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; add yeast mixture, stirring until dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

  2. Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Roll dough into a 12-inch square; fit dough into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray, allowing excess dough to hang over edges of dish.

  3. Preheat oven to 425°.

  4. To prepare filling, combine 1 teaspoon oil and 2 garlic cloves; set aside.

  5. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add remaining 3 garlic cloves and onion; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender and lightly browned. Spoon onion mixture into a large bowl. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; keep warm. Add half of spinach to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach begins to wilt, stirring frequently. Add remaining spinach; cook 5 minutes or until spinach wilts. Place spinach in a colander; press until barely moist. Add spinach and cheese to onion mixture, stirring until well combined.

  6. Brush dough with half of garlic-oil mixture; top with spinach mixture. Fold excess dough over filling to cover; brush with remaining garlic-oil mixture. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes.

  7. Wine note: Feta cheese is incredibly wine friendly, suitable with white, rosé, or even lighter reds. And a sauvignon blanc, like Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley ($10), is ideal with the Mediterranean flavors of Spinach-Feta Calzone Casserole. The wine's tangy acidity acts like a squeeze of lemon to punch up the flavors, while the salty cheese emphasizes the citrus fruit notes of the wine. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Cook's Notes

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