Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cheese Calzones

Lately, we've noticed an increase of eating calzones from the local pizza shop around the corner. We finally realized, "Hey, we can make this." So, we took K's favorite pizza crust recipe, found some sauce, and added some yummy cheese and made ourselves little calzones. This was very experimental so all we have for you is how to make the dough and put everything together. What you put in your calzone is up to you!

Here's the recipe:
Pizza Crust:

1 Packet yeast
2 tsp Honey
1 tsp Kosher salt
3 Cups All-purpose flour
1 Cup Warm water
1 tsp EVOO

In a bowl, mix 1/4 Cup of water, yeast and sugar. Let it "proof" for 5 minutes until it is bubbly. Add the remaining water (3/4 cup), olive oil, 1 cup flour and wisk until smooth.

Add salt and the remaining flour (2 cups) and stir until the dough forms. Knead for a few minutes.

Oil a bowl with EVOO and place dough inside. Cover. Let dough rise for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Once dough has risen, turn dough out on a flat surface and cut into six pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.

This is where the fun part begins. Each ball equals one personalized calzone. To make your calzone make sure you have a good pizza sauce. We love the pizza sauce from Trader Joes.

Also, have at least 1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese per person. We just made cheese calzones but you can add pepperoni, suasage...pretty much anything you want. Roll out the dough and spread out the pizza sauce. Add mozzarella cheese and whatever other ingredients you want. Fold the dough over itself and press the edges together. It also helps to roll the dough inside itself for a better hold.

On the top of the calzone you can put a little bit of olive oil or egg wash on the top. You can put some Italian seasonings on the top as well. Cut slits on the top of the calzones for ventilation.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.

There you have it, your own personalized calzone filled with deliciousness!

These are super delicious and fun to make. They are great fresh from the oven or you can let them cool in the fridge and save them for lunch at work. Enjoy!

P.S.- this dough recipe makes amazing pizza too, just roll it out, add you toppings and bake at 500 degrees from 12-15min or until the crust is golden! :)


david and christina said...

do you find a big difference between honey and sugar in your breads?

Bekah and Kyle said...

Funny you mentioned that...the original pizza crust recipe called for 1 tsp honey. But when we first made the recipe we swapped it out with 2 tsp sugar because we didn't have any honey in our kitchen at that time. So to answer your question- it's really a preference. We haven't seen to big of difference between our breads and our crusts in regards to honey vs. sugar

KimWar said...

those look so good! I love them already!

Mally said...

The best calzones I've ever had were filled with mozzerella, provolone, prusscuitto, tomato, basil and mushroom. So good!