Vegetable Calzones


stemmed and rinsed well
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium garlic clove, minced
4 lrgs thinly sliced portobello mushrooms
1 can artichoke hearts (drained and rinsed)
8 ounces goat cheese
1 pound fresh pizza dough
6 tablespoons jarred olive paste, (optional)


These colorful calzones make a festive lunch or light supper. They get a zesty kick from olive paste (also called olivada), a simple mixture of pureede black olives, olive oil and pepper that's sold in many large supermarkets and Italian markets
Preheat broiler. Place peppers on broiler pan and broil until blistered all over, turning often with tongs, 10 to 15 minutes.
Transfer to paper bag, seal and let steam 10 minutes. Peel peppers, discarding skins, seeds and stems. Cut into strips. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.
In large saucepan fitted with steamer basket, bring 2 inches water to a boil over high heat. Add spinach, cover and steam until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Rinse under cold running water until cool, then roll in paper towels to dry thoroughly. Chop coarsely and set aside.
In heavy large skillet, preferably cast-iron, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 5 seconds. Add mushrooms, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and they release their juices, 5 to 8 minutes. Add artichoke hearts. Remove from heat and set aside.
Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll 1 piece of dough into 8 x 6-inch rectangle, short end facing you. Spread rectangle with 1 tablespoon olive paste if using to within 1/2 inch of edges. Top with one-sixth of the spinach, spreading over bottom half of rectangle. Sprinkle with pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper.
Top with one-sixth of the pepper strips, followed by one-sixth of the mushrooms. Sprinkle with pinch of salt and pepper. Add crumbles of goat cheese. Fold top half of dough over filling and roll edges together to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling mixtures to make 6 calzones.
With large spatula, carefully transfer calzones to prepared baking sheet.
Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.




6.0 servings


Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 7:15am


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