Tonight we dined on homemade pepperoni calzones. They were scrumptious! We would change next time: make 4 small ones (instead of 2 gigantic ones) and freeze 2 to bake at a later date. Despite their massive size they were awesome, and not very hard. They do take a little time, since you have to let the dough rise, but the rest of the prep is real quick and easy. Find the recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Real-Italian-Calzones/Detail.aspx They are much larger than they appear in the picture, trust me. Actually, don’t trust me-see for yourself.
This is what ours looked like :
Basically to make these you make a kind of pizza dough (yeast, water, salt, olive oil, sugar, and flour) which you knead like crazy for what seems like a lifetime (really only 5 minutes) and fill it with goodness.
You could really put anything inside the dough. We strayed a little from the recipe I linked to above. Our goodness: pepperoni, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, black olives, basil, oregano. Mix it all together in a bowl and stick it in the fridge while you wait for your dough to rise. After the dough has about doubled in size, punch it down and break it into 2 or 4 pieces. Roll those pieces on a lightly floured surface until they are kind of circular. Put some of your filling on one half of the circle and fold the dough over the filling. Seal the edges by folding in and pressing down with a fork. Brush the tops with egg (beat one egg) and pop them in the oven @ 375 for about 30 minutes (use a lightly greased cookie sheet, even if it is nonstick). That’s all there is to it!
My goal is to make a new dinner and a dessert every weekend. I’m only going to make things I’ve never made before. If any of you have suggestions, fire away! And if you make anything I write about, let me know how it went.
Now I’m off to make chocolate chip mint milkshakes (ice cream was on sale for 1.99!).