so, the other day i was a little frustrated with not having a job. while im still not thrilled about being unemployed, days like today make it worth it. even if its just for a little bit....
ive found a new food blog that ive become quite fond of. tammys recipes is the blog of a stay at mother who just started blogging about what she is making. she has a lot of great recipes and i have a feeling i will be making a few more of her creations.
the recipe i tried out today were the calzone. i figured calzones couldnt be that difficult and i was correct :)
Calzone Dough Ingredients:
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 to 3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon dry yeast
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup pizza sauce (i didnt have pizza sauce so i used tomato sauce with some basil, rosemary and garlic thrown in)
1/3 cup roasted red pepper vinaigrette
1 package morning star meal starters chicken strips
1/2 cup yellow corn
1 large carrot, finely shredded
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cups shredded mexican blend cheese
1. prepare whole wheat calzone dough by putting ingredients (in order listed) into a large bowl (i used my kitchen aid), using about 2 cups of the flour. stir to combine; continue adding flour and knead mixture. knead 5 minutes. let dough rest while you prepare the filling.
2. in a skillet, cook the chicken strips. remove from heat.
3. in a large bowl, mix filling ingredients.
4. divide dough into 6 equal pieces. roll each piece into a 7-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. (dont break out the ruler... i just rolled mine out to be thinner than a pizza crust but thicker than a tortilla)
5. top half of each circle with about 3/4 cup of the filling mixture, spreading to within one inch of the edge. fold dough over filling and crimp edges to seal, leaving a half-circle.
6. place calzones on greased cookie sheets. bake at 375 degrees until bread is cooked and filling is hot, about 25-30 minutes. cover loosely with foil part way through baking if calzones start to brown too quickly.
mine are still in the oven as we speak. i probably will wait until richard is home to eat anyway.... i did have some leftover which wasnt a problem at all. i took some of the pita bread i made a few days ago and put the filling inside. it was quite tasty!! :)