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Flaky calzones with spinach and cheese, or choose your favorite filling: other leafy
green, cured or cooked meats or seafood

Serve these with
Marinara for dipping


For the dough
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoons House salt
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
Olive oil

Place the water in a medium bow. Sprinkle in the yeast; stir in honey until everything

Use a whisk to stir in the salt and flour. When it gets too thick to whisk, mix with
one floured hand. Knead in the bowl for about 5 minutes.

Brush a little olive oil over the dough. Cover the bow and let dough rise in a warm
place until doubled in bulk, about an hour. In the meantime, get your filling ready

For the filling

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup minced onion
1 pound fresh curly spinach leaves, stemmed and minced
House salt
Black peppercorns in a pepper mill
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons fresh minced basil
1 pound ricotta cheese
2 cups packed grated mozzarella
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and saute over medium heat until
translucent, 5 minutes. Add spinach, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook,
stirring over high heat for several minutes until the spinach wilts. Stir in the minced
garlic and basil and cook 2 minutes

Put the cheeses in a medium bowl. Add the spinach saute and mix well. Taste to
correct seasonings

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil a baking tray

Punch down the risen dough. Divide into six equal portions and roll out on a floured
surface into circles, 1/4 inch thick. Place 1/2 to 3/4 cup filling one half of each of the
circles, leaving a 1/2 inch rim. Use your fingers or a brush to moisten the rim with a
little water. Fold over the empty side and crimp the edges with a fork. Use the fork
then to poke little holes here and there on the top surface

Arrange the complete calzones on the oiled tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until
crisp and lightly browned

Optional: brush each pastry with a little melted butter or olive oil during the last 5
minutes of baking

Serve Calzones hot with your favorite pasta sauce a side salad and Iced tea