Monday, June 16, 2008

Homemade Calzones

Note: The dough may also be used for pizza crust. Recipe from a member of the livejournal poor_skills community.

Ingredients

Dough
1 c warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast (1 packet)
1 tsp salt
2-4 c flour (variable)
2 tbsp oil

Filling
Tomato or Marinara Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese, grated
Pepperoni, chopped
Cooked Sausage, chopped
Cooked Chicken, chopped
Cooked Ham, chopped
Peppers, chopped
Onions, chopped
Mushrooms, chopped
Anything else you can think of!

Directions
Dissolve the packet of yeast in warm water. Dissolve salt into mixture slowly. Mix in flour a 1/4 c at a time until a good doughy mixture is the result. (slightly tacky to the touch) Place dough in an oiled metal bowl, turn over to ensure good oil coverage and cover with a tea-towel to let rise about 1/2 - 1 hour or until double in
bulk.

When the dough is finished rising, prepare a surface for rolling and preparing. Have the flour close at hand. Flour your hands and divide the dough into equal pieces (4 for larger calzones, 8 for small calzones). Roll into balls and place on a clean counter and cover while preparing.

Going one ball at a time, roll out on a lightly floured surface into circles (about 6-8 in in diameter for small).

On half of the dough, spoon sauce. Do not go to the edge of the dough. Stay about half an inch to an inch away from the edge with the fillings. Place cheese and other fillings on the same half as the sauce. Fold un-topped half of dough over top of the fillings. Pinch the edge shut with your fingers so that fillings do not escape in the oven. Place on a lightly greased baking pan. Pierce the top with a sharp knife to allow excess steam to escape.

Bake for 25-30 mins at 375 deg F.

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