Food, Wine, Rock & Roll

Part food blog, part jam session

This dish has recently become one of my favorites because it is just fun.  It’s fun to make, fun to eat, and incredibly yummy.  It is a pretty flexible dish that can be served as a meal or as an appetizer.  It reheats very well, even in the microwave which I thought would make the bread soggy.  It seems to be a pretty kid friendly dish (just don’t tell them there is spinach in it), particularly when served with pizza sauce for dipping.


  • 1 loaf (1 lb) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 8 oz roughly chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. grated Romano/Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp. fennel seed
  • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • Pizza sauce (optional) for dipping


Roll thawed dough into a 12×9 rectangle.  Transfer to a shallow baking pan or cookie sheet coated with cooking spray.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain any fat and transfer to a large bowl.  Add the spinach, cheeses, garlic, fennel seed, oregano and salt.

Spread beef mixture lengthwise down the center of dough.  On each long side, cut 1 inch wide strips 3 inches into center.

Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across the filling.  Pinch the ends to seal.  Brush with egg white.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Serve with pizza sauce.


Something that so closely, but not quite, resembles pizza just cannot be paired with a wine.  I love wine but it just doesn’t seem quite right with this dish.  So, instead, I turn to something much more fun (not to say that wine isn’t fun): beer.  While I generally prefer imported beers, there is one American brewery that I enjoy immensely and that is Samuel Adams.  They have a great range of beers that can meet the tastes of almost everyone.  I particularly like to pair this dish with their Summer Ale, one of their (obviously) seasonal brews.


A dish as fun to make as this one deserves music that is equally fun and joyful; music that you just can’t help but get up and move with it is playing.  For this, there is no better musician than Bob Marley whose music is about celebration, love, and carries within it a pure joy for life.   I dare anyone to not be moved to dance and sing along when Marley’s music is playing.  Though I love all of his music, my favorite album to listen to for this dish is Legend, which covers a nice spectrum of his songs.

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