Homemade Spinach & Feta Calzones: Italian Delight

Picture yourself in a charming Italian kitchen, the scent of fresh basil and warm dough filling the air. That’s the magic of our Homemade Spinach & Feta Calzones. These delightful pockets of goodness are a true Italian delight, perfect for a cozy family dinner or a casual get-together with friends.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to heat.
  2. Divide the pizza dough into four equal portions and roll each portion into a circle about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped spinach, feta cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper.
  4. Place a generous spoonful of the spinach and cheese mixture on one half of each dough circle.
  5. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape, then press the edges to seal.
  6. Brush the tops of the calzones with the beaten egg to give them a golden finish.
  7. Transfer the calzones to the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  8. Remove from the oven, let them cool for a few minutes, and serve hot.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 calzones

These Homemade Spinach & Feta Calzones are the epitome of Italian comfort food. The flaky, golden crust gives way to a creamy, savory filling with a hint of spice. Serve them alongside a simple marinara sauce for dipping, and you have a meal that transports your taste buds straight to Italy.

Nutrition Information (per calzone):

Calories: 320

Fat: 14g

Carbohydrates: 34g

Protein: 13g

Imagine the joy on your family’s faces as they savor each bite of these Homemade Spinach & Feta Calzones. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a weekend indulgence, these calzones are a delightful Italian treat that will have everyone coming back for more. Buon appetito!