Popeyes

Popeyes are small spinach-filled calzones, or turnovers. These are a fun way to be sure your kids develop a love for healthy foods like spinach.

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MAKES ABOUT 12 POPEYES

FILLING:

  1. Prepare spinach – Start with fresh salad spinach. Wash and dry well if it is not already washed in the container. Discard the stems to make more palatable for your kiddos, and then medium dice what’s left. You will want to end up with about five ounces of diced spinach. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, aim for about four cups measured by firmly pressing into your container.
  2. Mix together the following –
    1. 2 eggs
    2. 8 oz ricotta cheese
    3. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the powdery kind)
    4. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    5. 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    6. a pinch each of salt and pepper
  3. Add prepared spinach to the cheese mixture and set aside while you make the crust.

CRUST:

  1. Mix in small bowl and let stand 5 minutes until foamy –
    1. 1/2 cup lukewarm water (105-110 F)
    2. 1 package active dry yeast
  2. Mix in larger bowl –
    1. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    2. 2 Tablespoons honey
    3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
    4. 1 cup flour
  3. Mix with yeast and add 2 more cups of flour, a little at a time.

Knead on floured work surface until dough is soft, smooth, and elastic (about 8 minutes, or use dough hook on mixer). Add a little extra flour if necessary.

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Divide dough into 12 pieces, about 2 oz each, and then roll each piece into a 6” round.

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Add ice cream scoop of filling,
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Fold dough over filling,
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Pinch closed, and brush with egg wash to seal. (Egg wash is one egg mixed with a teaspoon of water.)
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Bake on parchment paper covered baking sheet 20 minutes at 400 F until golden brown.
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Serve warm, or wrap for a perfect lunch bag addition.

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