For some reason, I cannot say the word “calzone” without thinking of the show Seinfeld. Or New York. Or an Italian Pizzeria.
I also cannot say the word without the terms “food coma” and “bloat fest” springing to mind.
Since my handsome hubby is a calzone lover, I decided to make an easy at-home version that is a bit lighter than the kind Kramer or George Costanza might eat. And it won’t make him look like George either.
I used turkey sausage, but feel free to substitute chicken, extra veggies, or whatever makes you happy.
Lightened Up Turkey Sausage Calzone
Ingredients (for 2 calzones)
1 cup fresh spinach (or chopped broccoli)
1/2 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
1/2 pound sliced lean turkey sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon olive oil (I used Garlic Gold)
1/2 pound frozen multi-grain or whole wheat bread dough
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2/3 cup spaghetti sauce sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 egg white
1 teaspoon sea salt
Garlic Gold nuggets, optional
Combine vegetables, garlic and olive oil and sauté in a pan over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.
Divide the dough in half and shape into two ovals. Add half of the vegetables and half of the cheese to each. Wet the edges of the dough and fold it together, press the edges together with a fork. Brush the calzones with the egg whites. Sprinkle with sea salt and Garlic Gold nuggets, if using.
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Heat the pizza sauce in a pan over medium heat and serve on the side.
When he was eating this huge calzone (he actually just ate half), Michael said, “It has weenies in it,” referring to the turkey sausage. I’m pretty sure he said that just so he could tell his weenie joke.
Michael: “I have three knees.”
Michael: “Yep. My right knee, my left knee, and my weenie.”
That’s my husband for ya! His lame jokes are just one of the many reasons why I love him.