Calzone: Baked!

Basically calzones are just a rolled up version of pizza in a pocket or mini pies so to speak, but they are fun to make and delicious to eat! Throw in your favorite toppings, add a salad on the side and you’ve got yourself a meal!

Calzone: The Inside

What You’ll Need For The Crust:
(This is my basic pizza dough recipe.)
2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of yeast
1 tablespoon of organic cane sugar

Mix flour and salt in your food processor by giving it a few pulses. Add in olive oil.

In a separate container mix water, yeast and honey. Turn on food processor and pour yeast mixture into the flour mixture and process until dough ball forms.

Cut dough ball into 4 pieces and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

What You’ll Need For Each Calzone:
1/4 pizza crust
1/4 a red onion, sliced into strips
1/4 a bell pepper, diced
1 large button mushroom, sliced
Green or black olives, optional
2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of Mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons of part skim Ricotta cheese
1/4 cup of pizza sauce
olive oil
1 pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch of dried oregano
1 pinch of Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Cook red onion, bell pepper and mushroom until tender by sauteing or in the microwave. Set aside.

Take one ball of dough and roll flat:

Calzone Dough: Rolled Out

In the middle of the rolled out dough add cooked vegetable mixture and olives:

Calzone: Veggies

Next add mozzarella cheese:

Calzone: Mozzarella

Then add Parmesan cheese:

Calzone: Parmesean

And then add ricotta cheese:

Calzone: Ricotta

Last add pizza sauce:

Calzone: Sauce

Fold dough over the filling:

Calzone: Folded Over

Fold the excess dough back toward the calzone to crimp the edges and seal in the filling:

Calzone: Edges Tucked

With a very sharp knife make slits for venting:

Calzone: Vented

Brush the top of the calzone with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, oregano and/or Parmesan cheese:

Calzone: Brushed With Olive Oil, Sprinkled With Dried Oregano, Sea Salt, Parmesean And Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Each calzone makes roughly 2 servings.

Notes: You can put pretty much anything you want to into the center for your fillings. Spinach? Sure! Goat cheese? Yum! Use salsa instead of pizza sauce and cheddar cheese to make a Mexican calzone. Or you could make a fruit calzone with some cooked apples, blueberries or cherries!

Be creative! Being in the kitchen isn’t just about eating, it also about having fun!

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