These calzones are on the healthier side, made with a whole wheat crust and filled with cottage and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, and a little pepperoni!
When I first sat down at my computer this morning I was thinking, “Let’s just get to the food.”
Maybe it’s because I’m writing about Whole Wheat Spinach & Pepperoni Calzones today.
Or maybe it’s because I’m tired from all that talking in my longer blog post yesterday (ha).
Well, whatever the case, how was your weekend?
The weather was rainy down here in Florda, so Casey and I got some rest and watched a few 1930s-40s movies. I’m the expert in “old movies” around our house, and when we first got married Casey liked to give me a hard time about it. I think I’m beginning to win him over though, because now he’ll ask, “Hey… What’s another one of those old movies?”
So, this weekend we watched some of my favorites, “Meet John Doe”, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, and “You Can’t Take it With You”. Good stuff. Listen, if you ever need recommendations on movies from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, look me up. I’ll send you a six-foot long list. (For the record, I do watch and enjoy more recent movies and TV shows too.)
Ok, let’s move on to the Spinach & Pepperoni Calzones. I was trying to decide what to make for dinner on Friday, and thought that calzones would go well with a movie.
Casey enjoys pizza. I like it, but I definitely prefer homemade pizza with a whole wheat crust and lots of vegetables over store bought or takeout pizza. Most store bought, takeout, or restaurant pizza is too greasy and loaded with cheese and sauce for my personal taste (no offense if you like it though). So, I decided to compromise and come up with a “healthier” calzone that Casey and I could both enjoy.
I used a combination of mozzarella, Parmesan, and cottage cheeses, with spinach, pepperoni, and pizza seasonings. Casey and I don’t care for tomato sauce, so there is no tomato in these calzones. (You can always add or adjust as you like.)
I didn’t notice until later that the pepperoni didn’t show up in any of my pictures, but I promise it’s there! Haha. (I admit I did put less pepperoni on mine.) That’s the great thing about homemade pizza though, is that you can easily customize it for different tastes.
Whole Wheat Spinach & Pepperoni Calzones
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 packet active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup frozen crushed spinach, slightly thawed
- 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 5-oz. package pepperoni (or more if desired; I only used about half the package)
Dissolve yeast in warm water with honey. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes or until yeast is foaming/bubbly. Add olive oil, salt, and flour, and mix until mixture forms sticky dough. Turn out onto floured surface and knead until dough is smooth, about 1-2 minutes, adding only as much flour as is needed to prevent sticking. Place dough in greased bowl and cover. Let rise 30 minutes or until double.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In medium bowl, combine cheeses, spinach, and seasonings and stir to mix well. Divide dough into four portions. On lightly floured surface, pat out one portion into a circle of about 10 inches in diameter. Place 6 to 8 pepperonis and 1/4th of cheese mixture on one half of the circle. Fold other half of dough over top of cheese mixture and pinch edges to seal. Repeat with remaining dough portions.
Place calzones on lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
~K in the Kitchen