Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Creamy Chicken Spinach Calzone

If you've been to Boston and you love Italian, you've probably been to the North End. A thin strip of restaurants line the streets in this corner of the city, and if you want authentic, this is probably where you want to go. I adore the North End. It, to me, feels like a different world. It's bustling with tourists and locals alike, and the lines to certain restaurants always stretch around the corner.
Alas, on my current budget, trips to the North End are few and far between. I'm counting down the days until my parents come help me move in so I can go to some of my favorites. 30 days. But until September 1, I'm stuck. Or am I?

Creamy Chicken Spinach Calzone
1 can Pillsbury Pizza Crust
3/4 lb cooked chicken, chopped
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
2 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 salad bag of fresh spinach
1 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, saute spinach in olive oil and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, all cheeses, eggs, Italian seasoning, Oregano and spinach. Set aside.
3. Divide the crust dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece about 1/4 inch thick into circle. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the ricotta filling onto each circle, fold over and seal the edges. Place onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until nicely browned on the tops and bottoms.


chiTownBrown said...

i always wonder if these taste as good as they look... i bet they do. anyone that thinks otherwise, is a hater.

Leanna @ Raptortoe said...

Oh I'm starving and these look INCREDIBLE!

Thomas Andrew said...

I haven't made calzones in awhile and these sound awesome!

Unknown said...

I admit it. I was going through my refrigerator as I read the ingredients. I don't have the Pillsbury dough, but I can easily make my own in the morning. These may just be lunch for us tomorrow. They look fantastic. No need to move at all!

Taylor said...

I always love when my parents come to visit...that means we can eat at the restaurants I can't afford! :) These look so good!! I've never made calzones and these are making me think it's about time!

Tiffany said...

That looks so good! I don't think I have ever eaten, let alone made a calzone, but this makes me want to try both!

mjskit said...

Love to see someone else using ready made pie crust for calzones! It makes this great dish so easy! Your filling looks wonderful! I've saved the recipe for my next calzone. Great calzone!

TinaRBK said...

Love the filling in these calzones! It has been way too long since I have had one-this does inspire. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

RavieNomNoms said...

This looks so delicious! Nicely done! I love all the ingredients for this, not to mention I am such a sucker for calzones...yummy!

Lomo said...

I adore calzones and these ones look fabulous. Nicely done!

Monet said...

I would prefer this to most more expensive eats...I love being able to stuff calzones full of all my FAVORITE ingredients. I'm enjoying your post along with a big plate of watermelon. A good way to end my night! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!