During my college years in a small city in Virginia, I often escaped dorm life – and dorm food – for the weekend by going home with a dear friend. She lived in an even smaller town about an hour away from where we went to school, but her mother would pamper us and her house was like a second home to me.
It was on one of these weekend trips that she took me to this little hole-in-the-wall pizza joint, because “joint” is really the only word to describe this establishment with the cracked linoleum countertops, the torn vinyl seating and the scratched tile floors.
But the aromas in this mom-and-pop Italian restaurant made you instantly forget the décor. If I remember correctly, the proprietor’s name was Joe. His father’s name was Joe and his son’s name was Joe. He had a dark-haired, fiery Italian mama who worked the counter and stirred the red sauce and he had a little daughter (who, as I reflect back on that restaurant and our times there, is probably grown by now). And they served up the best calzones I’ve ever had. The crust was crispy and you had to eat them with a knife and fork to make sure you got every bit of the cheesy, saucy goodness.
Since then, I’ve loved making my own calzones. The only difference is that mine aren’t quite as messy. I’ve also tried to make them a little more healthy. With items on sale at Brookshire’s this week, like Brookshire’s Fresh Chicken, fresh broccoli browns, tomatoes on the vine, yellow onions and refrigerated Pillsbury Pizza Crust, you can make this delicious calzone as a quick weeknight dinner or a delicious weekend treat – no travelling required.
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Chicken Broccoli Calzones
1 tube refrigerated Pillsbury Pizza Crust
3 large Brookshire’s Fresh Chicken Breasts
1/2 lb fresh broccoli crowns
3 large tomatoes on the vine, cored and chopped
1 large yellow or white onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs Italian seasoning
4 Tbs olive oil, divided
Preheat oven to 400. Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces. Heat 2 TBS olive oil in a large skillet.
Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add chicken, broccoli crowns and garlic. Saute until chicken is cooked through and golden brown. Add seasoning and chopped tomatoes and cook until tomatoes begin to release their juices. Cover and set aside.
Remove pizza dough from tube. Divide into four equal pieces. Gently flatten pizza crust into four rounds. Divide filling into four parts. Place filling on half the dough rounds, fold over into a half moon. Crimp edges together so the filling won’t leak.
Place on a large baking sheet or cooking stone. Brush with remaining 2 TBS olive oil. Bake at 400 until crusts are golden.
Nutritional Information: Calories 316; Calories from Fat 159; Total Fat 18g; Cholesterol 51mg; Sodium 274mg; Total Carbohydrates 18g; Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 4g; Protein 21g