Making fresh Spinach and Prosciutto Calzones is so easy and you and your kids will love the surprise inside. If you’re vegetarian you can easily substitute the prosciutto for another vegetable or food you crave. You can make these for lunch or dinner and all of your family will think you’re a gourmet chef!
Recently, we took Kenya out for pizza and since then whenever I ask him what he wants for dinner he says “pizza”! I love making pizza for him at home, but last night I tried to switch it up a bit and make calzones.
Calzones are basically an Italian turnover made with pizza dough and stuffed with cheese, meat, vegetables or a variety of other stuffings. The best part is that if you don’t love the combination I used in my recipe, you can improvise with your own favorite fillings.
My husband showed Kenya how cool it is to hold the calzone with his hands and bite right into it. After Kenya’s first bite I could barely make out his loud “mmm,” which was stifled a bit by all the spinach and gooey cheese stuffed in his mouth. He ate the entire thing and even asked for more! If I can get a carbohydrate, vegetable, protein and dairy into my son and only have to cook one dish, I’m a seriously happy mommy!
Spinach & Prosciutto Calzones
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Garlic clove, minced
- 1 6 oz Bag Baby Spinach (about 8 cups packed)
- 1/2 Tsp Italian herbs seasoning
- 3 ounces prosciutto or ham, chopped (about 6 slices)
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheese (I used a mix of Parmesan, Mozzarella, Fontina and Provolone)
- 1/2 Cup ricotta cheese
- 1 Package pizza dough
- Cooking Spray or Olive Oil
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Cook the garlic for 1 minute.
- Add the spinach and italian herbs and saute for 3 minutes or until wilted (if there’s any liquid in the pan, drain it off). Let cool.
- Add the prosciutto and cheeses to the spinach mixture and combine.
- Flatten the dough with your hands and cut into 4 equal pieces with a pizza cutter or a knife.
- Place each quartered piece onto a lightly floured surface and roll or press into a even circle or square (don’t make yourself crazy with creating a perfect shape!)
- Place 1/4 of the filling on one side of the dough. Fold half of the dough over the filling to cover and crimp the seams together to seal the calzone.
- Place the calzones on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.