When I had my daughter, I tried to have a lot of meals in the freezer to make those first few weeks easier. These calzones were one of our favorites! We loved being able to pull them out and have dinner in minutes. Because these freeze in individual portions, they also make for a great lunch! I've dipped these in spaghetti sauce, pesto, and ranch dressing, and they were all delicious!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers, drained
- 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen whole wheat bread dough, thawed
- 2 cups shredded Gouda cheese
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach, chicken, red peppers, bacon, salt and pepper.
- On a lightly floured surface, divide each loaf of dough into four portions; press or roll each into an 8-in. circle. Place 1/2 cup filling over half of each circle to within 1/2 in. of edge. Top each with 1/4 cup cheese. Fold dough over filling; pinch edge to seal.
Place on greased baking sheets. Brush tops with egg white. Bake 14-17 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Serve warm.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled baked calzones in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, place calzones on greased baking sheets. Cover with foil and reheat in a preheated 350° oven 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Loaded Chicken & Gouda Calzones in Freezer Meals Bookazine 2013, p63
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