Saturday, December 18, 2010

Artichoke and Spinach Calzones stocking stuffed by Broken Records and The Loveable Tulips

Has stocking stuffing gone the way of the past? I used to walk into friends' homes and see a row of red and white stockings duct taped to the fireplace mantel (or central air conditioner if you lived in a place like Florida where fireplaces don't exist). A few years ago I started to notice their absence. J-Fur's family was one of the last that I remember still sticking with the tradition. Up until two or three years ago we were still doing it. Then the gifts became too big for the stockings and they too, like all those others, ended the tradition.

What does this have to do with a calzone? Calzones are turnovers that originated in Italy. Their name derives from the word calza or stocking. This recipe was inspired by Jacklyn's Soyrizo Calzone.
Spinach and Artichoke Calzones

-pizza dough (I used Jacklyn's but in the past I've used this one or try this one)
-olive oil
-1 can quartered artichokes, drained and diced
-1 onion, diced
-2 cups spinach
-2 cloves garlic
-2 cups mozzarella cheese
-grated Parmesan
-tomato sauce

1. Make the dough according to directions.

2. While dough is rising, place a tiny amount of olive oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about five minutes. Add the garlic and cook, constantly stirring, for a minute.

3. Dump in the artichoke hearts and spinach. Continue to saute until the spinach has wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Divide the dough into four pieces. Roll it into ten inch circles. Working on one circle of dough at a time, place the artichoke mixture in the center (it should create a dividing line down the middle but don't take it the whole way to the edge. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese.

6. Fold the dough over top of the mixture. Match the edges. Roll the edges back tightly.

7. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes. Serve with a side of tomato sauce.

Broken Records (getting some Pad Thai love) released an album, Let Me Come Home, back in October (it will be available in the US in January). "A Darkness Rises Up" comes from that album. You can also get a copy of "A Leaving Song" for the price of an email address from their website (linked above). Broken Records will be hitting the clubs early next year with Freelance Whales in tow.

The Loveable Tulips' "Fortune Favors the Brave" is big, over the top, pop music that's better suited for the dance floor than my neighbors basement. Imagine a 16 bit warrior fighting a dragon and you almost know what I am talking about.