Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Calzone=Magic

A few years back my husband, then boyfriend, had a job that required he work out of town Monday to Friday.  He hated it but it was a good opportunity for him so he pushed through it for as long as he could.  One Friday night he showed up at home and I had a fresh batch of calzones baking in the oven.  His face lite up.  After dinner he was almost in tears, good tears.  Then he said I can't do it anymore, I'm quiting my job.  So every time I make calzones I remind him that this was the food that made you realize you couldn't be without me.....awwww.

Before I left for work this morning I put together the dough so that it could rise all day in my toaster over.  Then when I got home I cooked up some sausage.  I just took a pack of sausage and removed the casing and cooked it in a pan like ground beef.  I added about 1 tbsp of tomato paste and some herbs while the sausage was cooking.  I also added some onion, mushrooms and yellow peppers.  I usually like to use swiss cheese in a calzone, I don't have any real reason I just like the flavour and the way it melts.

I set the oven to 425F and let it preheat for about 20 minutes.  The calzones cooked for about 17 minutes.  Make sure to brush them with egg before they go in the oven, it helps to seal the edges and make the tops nice and golden brown.
You're going to like this part, look at the inside


The dough is not whole wheat and I often us the recipe for pizza as well.  It works every time!

PIZZA DOUGH

Ingredients
  • 1 cup luke warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
Directions      
  1. Put the water in the bottom of a large bowl, I use my trust mixer.  Add the yeast, olive oil and sugar.  Let rest for 5-10 minutes until it is bubbly and frothy.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together flour and salt.
  3. Add to yeast and water mixture stiring until the dough comes together and forms a ball.  Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes on a floured surface until the dough is smooth and slightly sticky.  I like to use my mixer fitted with the dough hook and mix on speed 3 for 4 minutes.
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
ENJOY!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Michelle,

    I came across your blog on facebook and OMG, I am hooked! I am so excited to try one of your recipes, I wish I was more adventurous on the kitchen. I am always looking for new recipes because I always end up cooking the same things over and over again. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Melissa

    ReplyDelete

I would love to hear what you think about what you've read on my blog. Let me know if you plan on trying or have tried a recipe....ENJOY!