23 February 2011

Recipe Thief: Calzones

Ever since Beth posted these, I've wanted to make them.
Mission accomplished.

Ingredients for Crust:
1 tbsp active dry-yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Dough after about 20 minutes!
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
Ingredients for Filling:
1 cup part-skim mozzarella (I didn't have this, instead I used 1 C shredded colby/jack--which impacted the points significantly!)
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 small red onion, chopped (or 1/2 large)
My additions: 
Innards of calzone
minced garlic
diced tomatoes

Filling the dough
Oven bound
Happy Calzone
  1. Combine first four ingredients - yeast, sugar, water, olive oil - and let sit until mixture bubbles - 5-15 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine salt, whole wheat, and all purpose flours.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry, and combine until a dough forms.
  4. Lightly flour a surface and knead dough for ~10 minutes.
  5. Place dough in a covered bowl for 10-15 minutes at room temperature and let rise.
  6. While dough is rising, prepare your filling. Sauté the red onion with nonstick spray until soft and browning. (I used 1 tsp. olive oil which impacted the points.)  Let cool, then combine with ricotta, mozzarella, and garlic powder.
  7. Preheat oven to 400º
  8. Uncover dough and separate into 4 even pieces.
  9. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into four separate circles on a floured surface.
  10. Add 1/4 of the filling to the center of each circle of dough.
  11. Wet your finger and use it to wet half the perimeter of the dough - about 1/2" in.
  12. Fold the dry side over, and using your fingers, pinch the edges of the dough together to seal.
  13. Transfer to a greased baking pan or heated pizza stone dusted with corn meal.
  14. Bake for 15 minutes, until the calzones start to brown on top.
  15. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before eating. You can also freeze them at this stage, which I did with 2 of the 4.
  16. DONE!
  17. Serve with sauce for dipping, if desired.
4 Calzones=8 pts+/calzone

I am going to freeze these so I have some ready-to-eat meals in advance. Maybe L will try one at work!!!  These are REALLY good. Big, hearty, comforting, and YUMMY!!!
Lunch! YUM!
I am going to try spinach and mushroom and artichoke next time!!

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