Calzone – Canadian Bacon, Spinach & Grape Tomato

Is there anything better than a hot, cheesy, savory, golden brown calzone right from the oven?! Sprinkle on the fresh Parmesan for the last bit of baking and serve with Marinara! Heaven in a pizza dough, made right in your own kitchen!

Ingredients:
Make 4 calzones

⦁ 2 tsp of olive oil
⦁ 1/2  cup of grape tomatoes, sliced
⦁ 5 cloves of garlic, minced
⦁ 3 oz canadian bacon, chopped
⦁ 2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
⦁ dash of salt & pepper
⦁ 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
⦁ 6 oz of fresh mozzarella, in small pieces
• 1 Tbs of fresh basil, chopped
⦁ 1/4 tsp of kosher salt
• 1/4 tsp of black pepper
• 1 store bought or homemade pizza dough
⦁ 1 cup of marinara sauce for serving
⦁ 1 egg, beaten for egg wash
• 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium/high heat and saute the tomatoes for 2 minutes.Then add in the garlic and canadian bacon and saute 1 more minute.Add in the spinach and a dash of salt & pepper and cook until the spinach is wilted.In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, basil and salt & pepper, stir until combined.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough into 4 – 7 inch rounds. Place one of the rounds on the parchment and spoon on 1/4 of the tomato, canadian bacon mixture on the bottom 1/3 of the dough and top that with 1/4 of the ricotta mixture. Brush the edges with egg wash, fold, seal and crimp with a fork. Build the other 3 calzones. ( It’s easiest to build one at a time right on the baking sheet) Brush the remaining egg wash on top of all the calzones and bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 375° or until golden brown. Sprinkle on the parmesan the last minute of baking, serve with warm marinara.

Note to cooks: This calzone can be filled with most anything you can think of! Sub the canadian bacon with Italian sausage, prosciutto, bacon, etc and add in mushrooms or black olives or peppers, anything! Just make sure you cook meat or raw veggies first.