Thursday, September 6, 2007

Popeye/Spinach and Artichoke Dip Calzones

If you are looking for a good way to pump up the spinach (and iron--read yesterdays post) in your kid's diet, here is a really yummy and easy recipe. These taste like spinach and artichoke dip in a calzone. Calzones used to intimidate me for some reason, but they don't anymore!

Popeye Calzones

1/4 cup walnut pieces
1 - 15 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained
2 cloves of garlic
zest of one lemon
4 cups fat free ricotta cheese
1/4 c chopped fresh parsley
1/2 c parmesan cheese
1/4 t pepper
2 - 10 oz boxes of frozen spinach, thawed and drained thoroughly
1 T olive oil
2 cups part skim shredded mozzarella
2 balls of pizza dough (you can make your own, or buy premade)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine the walnuts through the olive oil in a food processor and blend thoroughly. Roll out half of one ball of pizza dough in a circle. Take 1/4 of the mixture and spread on one half of the calzone. Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella. Making a half moon shape, fold the other half of the dough on top and then pinch the two sides together (use a bit of water on your fingers to help make this part work better). Place the calzones on 2 cookie sheets and bake for 15-18 minutes.


Deep in the Heart said...

Happened to catch The Today Show for the first time in 6 months and they had a report about how additives have been shown to be linked with ADHD. Not there's any real news here - they recommended giving kids real fruit instead of fruit snacks.

Renee said...

I made these tonight and they were a huge hit! My three year old had wanted more and when I put a few bites on his plate, he said, “No, put it everywhere!” My one year old also liked it. I didn’t have any pasta or pizza sauce so I decided to make my own – tomato paste and diced tomatoes with zesty mild green chilies. My older child even liked the sauce. I will be making these calzones again.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I am loving this but I think I am missing something. Do you just combine all the ingredients in the processor with the walnuts or ? I want to make this :)

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Steph--yes, combine all ingredients (walnuts up through and including the olive oil) in the food processor and give it a whirl!