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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pumpkin and Spinach Calzone

 Calzones are just folded up pizzas , or portable pizzas. The topping goes on one side and then its folded in half and sealed , ufresh from the oven the cheese just oozes out , that is if you have used mozzarella.
I made this one while trying out a recipe for pumpkin. As a child I used to hate pumpkin  but now adays I like it better than I did when growing up.

Recipe : Pumpkin, Sausage And Spinach Calzone

makes 4

350g pizza dough
250g pumpkin, peeled and chopped
big hand full of  fresh baby spinach (  about 10 boaveli leaves if  using local)  or use about 50g if  frozen ( thawed)
3 cloves garlic
1-2 red chillies
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
1/2 tsp dried herbs
salt and pepper
3 chicken sausages (I used gills chicken and garlic )
olive oil
feta cheese, small amount or use mozzarella if you dont have feta

First preheat oven to 200 degree C , in a bowl mix pumpkin, chilli flakes, dried herbs, , 2 cloves garlic( unpeeled) , salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Mix and arrange this mixture in a single layer in a baking tray .  Place in oven  , for 20- 30 minutes, till the pumpkin pieces are softened with the edges slightly turning colour . Remove.  and cool.

Heat a small frying pan, with 2 tbsp olive oil,and remaining clove of garlic.  Once the garlic gives its aroma, add the spinach ( squeeze the water out from the frozen ones, blanch the boaveli in hot water for 5 minutes, remove and chop roughly, before using it) and just toss it through with a pinch of salt and pepper and tiny bit chilli flakes  , let the spinach wilt and all moisture has evaporated.  Remove from pan and Set aside.

In the same pan brown the sausages , remove and cut into diagonal slices.

Once the  pumpkin is cool enough to handle, remove to a plate, , remove the garlic from the skin and squash them a bit and mix into the pumpkin. Slice the chilli  thinly  , like slivers of chilli.

Now roll out the pizza dough, oops I forgot, first divide the dough into 3-4 balls, depends on how big you want them.   Roll into oval shape,

 then  take some of the pumpkin mix, squash it a bit with your fingers and arrange in  spinach and sausages so  you get a piece of everything in one bite. Take little of the slivers of chilli and add them into the pile. Then finally add bits of feta, crumbling it in over the whole lot. If you cant get feta, mozzarella or even a little chedder  is also ok.

Carefully brush a little water on the edges and fold the other half of the  pizza dough .  you can seal like this or  use a fork and press down around the edges.  Make two slits on top using the end of a sharp knife.

Pop into the oven , now temperature cranked up to 220 degree C and  bake for 20 minutes till golden.



  1. The filling sounds really interesting... because of the pumpkin... hehe... looks so good, healthy snack for Iftar too...

  2. That makes a comforting and delicious lunch, Nammi. I wish I could find some pumpkins at this time of year because it's my top favourite veggie!

  3. This would make a delicious snack and perfect for lunch too!

  4. What a nice combination Nammi, pumpkin, spinach and sausage.
    Have a great rest of the week :)


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