Spinach Chicken Alfredo Calzones

At the age of 14, my family went to Europe and Iceland. My dad was (and still is) a fly by the seat of his pants kinda guy and so did not have a clue about Iceland, just thought, what the hey! Needless to say, it was an adventure. Come to find out, they were in the White Nights (6 months of light),  it was extraordinary gorgeous and only thing cheap there was fish, silver and wool (sheep ev-er-y-where!). Our first night there, we went out to a pizzeria. They did not have regular pizzas, but what we learned, was calzones…individual pizzas. My dad ordered five calzones and five coca colas; $50 bucks!!! That would be double nowadays! Although it nearly caused him a heart attack, they were delicious. We make our own, dough and all, from scratch and put what the kids will eat… they love alfredo pasta, so we do a calzone version. Hey! They are eating spinach, so no complaints.

First thing is to make the dough. Here is the basic recipe (I have to double due to how many kids and an extra I have).

3 1/2 cups flour (I have done half white and half whole wheat, but all whole wheat is just difficult to get good texture)

1 cup of warm water

2 tablespoons of very warm water

2 tablespoons of honey (or sugar if you do not have honey)

1/4 cup of oil (olive makes it more flavorful)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Pour water in a bowl and add honey, salt; mix well then add yeast and mix well. Let sit for five minutes. Add 1 cup of flour and oil; mix well. Add rest of flour until ball, knead; place in lightly oiled bowl; cover and leave for 45 minutes. Punch down, cover and leave for hour and a half. Divide into eight balls and roll out. Poke with a fork.

The contents can be anything you would like; but it must be cooked separately before adding to the calzones. Whatever you choose to be your sauce (tomato, alfredo, or what have you), make it your first layer and sprinkle Italian seasoning, then add your contents and top with cheese. Fold over, pinch ends with a fork. Bake on 400 for 15-20 minutes; until golden brown.

We had this is as our Oaks Day dinner along with Ale-8’s and Ale-8 cupcakes (they look awful because the icing got too soft, but they were delicious). The girls wanted it for Derby Day dinner and they cooked so I was not about to protest. We had it with Derby pie and chocolate ice cream.

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