Monday, July 25, 2016

Meat Calzone

We were going to make easy calzones last night. We got the canned pizza dough and were just about to assemble them.. but, upon opening the can of pizza dough we realized there was no way we could use it. It was sticky, gooey, gross looking and smelling...something was wrong with it. And so, we resorted to making the pizza dough from scratch. We are SO glad we did that. The dough turned out perfect and it took only about 40 minutes for the dough to rise. Rolling out the dough was easy and simple.
We should say we have had pretty bad luck making pizzas, something always happens, so we were very happy to find this dough recipe and make some delicious calzones! We were able to make a total of 4 calzones with the dough that we made. The options for the filling are really endless and you can adjust as you desire.

Here is the dough recipe we used: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/pizza-dough-recipe.html

Cut Open

Ready to eat!

Going in to the oven!

Ingredients:

Dough:
3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil

Filling:
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese per calzone
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese per calzone
2 tbsp pizza sauce per calzone
pepperoni
sausage
red onion
ranch for dipping

Directions:

1. Make the dough by combining all dry ingredients in bowl of stand mixer. With dough hook attachment, start mixing. Slowly pour in water and oil. Continue mixing until a firm dough ball forms. If needed, add more flour. Cover bowl with saran wrap and let stand for an hour or until doubled in size.
2. Preheat oven to 400 F
3. Divide dough into 4 equal parts
4. Roll each one out into a circle. Add desired filling onto half of the circle. Bring the other half of dough over the filling and seal tightly shut.
5. Repeat with other 3 calzones
6. Bake at 400 F for about 30 minutes. 

What we liked:

Yummy, easy and delicious! We used our silicon baking mats and that made cleanup sooo easy!

What we didn't like:

Alona was not too thrilled with the ricotta cheese, so we actually made one just for her without it. Also, not all the calzones were pinched tightly shut, so some of the cheese and filling leaked a little. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He's still not here to try the foods :) 

Next time:

Try different filling? Maybe black olives!?!?!