Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sweet Potato Sausage Calzone

Did you know that Trader Joe’s has raw pizza dough for only 99 cents? I discovered it a couple of years ago, and although it makes a thinner pizza crust than I like, it’s great for calzones. Last week I was trying to decide what to have for dinner, and Justin suggested, “How about a calzone? How about sweet potatoes?” And since we both love sweet potatoes, and calzones, it seemed like a great idea. By the way, did you know that calzones, plural, means knickers in Spanish? I’m not sure what it means in Italian. I paired the sweet potatoes with sweet Italian turkey sausage, spinach, garlic, and mozzarella, and the result? Incredible! We couldn’t believe how tasty it was, so I just had to share it with you. Hope you like it.

Ingredients:

One package whole wheat raw pizza dough
1 cup diced sweet potatoes
3 links sweet Italian sustainable turkey sausage
4 cups loosely packed spinach
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Dice sweet potato and combine with enough water to cover it in a pot; bring to a boil. Boil with loose lid on top until potatoes can be pierced easily with a fork. While the sweet potatoes are boiling, peel sausage out of casings. Heat olive oil in pan and add sausage. Crumble with spatula and brown. Rinse spinach, chop, and steam. Chop garlic and add to sausage when it’s almost done browning. Set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a floured surface area, roll out pizza dough into 12 inch circle. Place on oiled baking sheet or hot pizza stone. In large bowl, combine sausage and garlic mixture, cooked sweet potatoes, steamed spinach, and mozzarella cheese. Place in one half of pizza dough. Fold over other half and press edges together. Bake for 6-8 minutes.

4 comments:

Michael and Becki said...

If only there was Trader Joes in Colorado... though I could find a substitute. This looks great and very creative!

Becky Smith Kuk said...

Becki, I wish you had a Trader Joe's nearby too! It's good that the closest one to me is half an hour away so I'm not tempted to shop there all the time. You could probably find an easy pizza dough recipe, and you don't need to let it rise for a calzone. Good luck!

Bri said...

I think I'm going to try this with butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes since that's what I have here... I will let you know how it turns out!!!

Becky Smith Kuk said...

Bri, I'm sure it will be just as good. I've substituted butternut squash for sweet potatoes in the past, and it usually turns out great.