Thursday, November 7, 2013

Easy calzones

I was really in the mood for pizza this week. It wasn't  in my budget and I didn't have the time to run and pick up a pizza. I looked in the fridge and came up this easy recipe. The possibilities are endless when it comes to toppings. I made a broccoli and cheese and a pizza type calzone. This recipe yields 4 large calzones. You can scale it down or just make, bake and freeze for later on. I love having meals on hand so the freezer is always my choice.

Easy Calzones

For the dough
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of white flour
1 packet of yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

For the filling

1 container of ricotta
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder, I used about 1/4 teaspoon

Great topping ideas:
Sliced ham,
Black olives,
Extra cheese,

Clean out your fridge and see what you can come up with!

Combine all of the dough ingredients in a mixer and mix until dough is no longer sticky. You may need to add a little extra flour. When the dough has come away from the sides of the mixer, allow it to knead for about 5 minutes and then place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Allow it to rise for about 30 minutes.

While the dough rises, combine all of the ingredients for the filling and place in the fridge to chill.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Flour a board or counter and divide the risen dough in quarters. Roll the dough out very thin. On one side of the dough place filling mixture, toppings, extra cheese, and sauce if desired. Fold the dough over and then fold the edge to the filling and pinch it down. You want it to almost look braided

Place the calzone on a lightly greased baking sheet and brush with a little bit of olive oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

This is a great thing to do as a family, so get your kids a stool and help them create their own calzone!

Happy cooking!


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