Easy Spanikopita Calzones

I went to the grocery the other day in search of inspiration. I picked up a package of mild chicken sausage and went home to ponder what to make with it.

It’s been sitting in my fridge for a couple of days now because nothing seemed worthy of making anything with it.

Until…

My very best friend, Kala, suggested this:

Easy Spanikopita Calzones


Ingredients (Dough)

adapted from BakingBites
  • 1 pkg 5/16oz active dry yeast (Hodgson Mill for whole grains)
  • 1/4 cup water (100°-should feel like warm bath water)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk (100°)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

Ingredients (Filling)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken sausage
  • 1 package of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (grated with a Microplane Grater or the smallest side of your grater)
  • 4 ounces fresh spinach
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Greek Seasoning
  • 4 ounces reduced fat feta cheese

How-To

  1. First, prepare the dough: Using the dough hook in a stand mixer, mix the yeast, water, milk and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the bread flour and salt and mix.
  3. On a plate or cutting board, cut up the butter into small cubes (6-9 cubes per tablespoon).
  4. Add the butter to the dough and knead for about 2 minutes.
  5. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes.
  6. Once risen, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. Press the dough out into a circle, score and divide the dough into 8 equal parts.
  8. With each section of dough, roll into a ball and flatten until about 1/4″-1/8″ in thickness.
  9. Lay each section out on a baking sheet covered with foil and cover with plastic wrap, letting it rise for another 20 minutes.
  10. In the meantime, prepare the filling.
  11. In a saucepan with the olive oil, brown the sausage, onions and mushrooms.
  12. Once light brown, add the grated garlic, salt, pepper, and spinach.
  13. Preheat oven to 350°.
  14. On one half of each circle, place about 1/2 cup of filling (try to visualize how much 1/8th of the filling looks like) and top with about 2 tablespoons of feta cheese. Note: Be sure not to include any liquid.
  15. Fold over the other side (creating a half circle) and with a fork close the circle around it’s edge.
  16. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Servings: 8 calzones

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2 comments

  1. Mmm, I currently have these calzones in the oven and they smell great! I substituted ground turkey meat and used Pillsbury crescent rolls rather than make my own dough. They look more like hot pockets but i can’t wait to taste it! Thanks for the recipe!

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