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Kale means you can eat this cheesy calzone without feeling guilty

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

There are greens in this calzone. That cancels out the cheese calories, right?

Mmm... the calzone. Folded-up pizza filled with gooey cheese. Yes, please.

I love pizzas with all my favorite ingredients showing on top and hot, melted mozzarella stretching long with every bite. Yum! But I also love my pizzas folded into half-moons, with all the ingredients stuffed inside, hidden from my view. One bite says it all. That's a calzone for me.

Cheesy calzone with kale and spinach recipe

Kale and spinach, as we all know, are very healthy. With this calzone, I am sure you will love these two leafy vegetables more, because they are sautéed together with tasty anchovies and garlic, and then mixed with little cubes of mozzarella. I don't think I need to write any more, because I think I should leave you to go make this recipe.

Cheesy calzone with kale and spinach recipe

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 6 anchovy fillets
  • 2 chilies, seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 6 ounces kale, coarsely chopped
  • 6 ounces spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (8.8 ounce) mozzarella ball, diced
  • 1 store-bought round pizza dough
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked for egg wash (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 395 degrees F.
  2. In a saucepan with olive oil over medium heat, sauté the garlic, chilies (if using) and anchovies for about 3 minutes.
  3. When the anchovies have melted, add the kale and spinach. Cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the water. Cook for another 20 minutes or until the water evaporates.
  5. Season with salt (if still needed, since the anchovies are already salty) and pepper. Set aside when it's cooked.
  6. On a baking pan lined with parchment paper, spread out the pizza dough.
  7. On one side of the dough, distribute the kale-spinach mixture and the mozzarella.
  8. Fold the other part of the dough over the stuffing to form a half circle. Seal the sides by pressing them with the tines of a fork.
  9. Brush the calzone with the egg wash or olive oil.
  10. Bake the calzone for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Serve while hot.

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