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Friday, August 20, 2010

reader recipe poll: vegetarian calzone

Vegetarian Calzones
pizza dough:
6c. whole wheat flour
2t. salt
2T. sugar
1 1/2T. yeast
3c. boiling water

filling:
1 red pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bag frozen chopped broccoli
1 carrot, chopped
3 small tomatoes or 1 slicing tomato, chopped
2c. tomato paste
1c. tomato sauce
2-3T. basil pesto
italian seasonings to taste
salt to taste
mozzarella cheese (optional)

Combine the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl.  Pour in 2c. boiling water and mix well.  Add in more water as needed until flour is all incorporated and dough is mixed well.  Divide the dough into four balls and set aside.

Boil the broccoli and carrots together in a small saucepan until just tender, but still a little crisp.  About 3-5 minutes.  Drain and rinse.  Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until browned and tender.  In a large bowl, mix together all the vegetables and sauce.  Add italian seasonings and salt to taste.
Roll out the four balls of dough into circles.  Roll the dough as thin as you like for your crust, but avoid holes, cracks, and pulls in the dough.  When ready, spread a layer of vegetable evenly over half the circle, leaving 1" clear around the edges.  Add cheese if desired.
Fold the dough in half and pinch down the sides.  Set on a greased baking sheet.  Brush the top with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and italian seasonings.  Repeat with remaining 3 balls of dough.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until dough is firm when knocked on.
Makes 4 calzones.  Serves 6-8.
Vegetarian calzone and calzone with veggies, cheese, and pepperoni.

Recipe Review:
"Pretty good." - me

Okay, so that's not the most glowing review, I know.  Full disclosure: I got home last night at 6pm and wanted to get these made so we could eat before it got too late (as you know, we go to bed early).  So I kind of rushed.  Our recipe didn't include the tomato sauce, which would have made it, well, saucier, and a little better.  Plus I didn't take the time to add seasonings and salt, or to brush the top of the dough with olive oil and salt.

I pulled the dough recipe from here, but it only made 2 calzones for the three of us (which was enough), leaving us with leftover veggie mix.  I doubled the recipe above to make 4 calzones, which would use all the veggie mix.  I think in general you could use whatever pizza dough recipe.  If you have a personal favorite, I'd go with that over this dough recipe here.  However, this crust was crisp yet soft, and - bonus perk! - didn't have to rise.  So it terms of expediency, it's a winner to me.

Will I make these again?  Definitely.  They were fast (I started prep at 6pm and had these in the oven at 7pm) and fun and I know this version will taste even better with the extra sauce.  They're also affordable - a can of tomato sauce, tomato paste, and a couple veggies won't set you back too far.  I added pepperoni to one of the calzones, which Dave really liked.  They're versatile and can be changed around to accomodate what veggies you love and what veggies you don't!

What would you put in your calzone? 

6 comments:

  1. if you really want to speed it up you could always use the pillsbury pizza dough in a tube. amy and i made a calzone that way when she was here and it was yummy! also, if dave is the only one eating meat and cheese instead of buying a whole bag of pepperoni and cheese, go to the deli and get a few slices of both- it'll be under $1!

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  2. Jill, what a great idea about just going to the deli! I never would have thought of that. We're bigger meat eaters in our house. We like our calzone with chicken and bacon, plus whatever veggies you might like (usually onions and peppers for us). It's more time consuming, since you have to cook the chicken and bacon first, but so yummy!

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  3. last year we had a "campfire and calzones" party at our house every sunday. i would make the dough and sauce and everyone would simply bring a topping or two to share. we'd all make our own customized calzones and then enjoyed them together around the fire. i think the most unique ingredients were hard boiled eggs (jamie says there's always hard boiled egg on pizza in naples) and of course, peanut butter, chocolate and marshmallow for a ridiculously good dessert calzone.

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  4. Cheese, chicken, broccoli, and tomato sauce on the side. We have a local restaurant that makes my favorite with the ingredients I listed. Making my mouth water now just thinking about it. I'm trying to make new things at home to spice up our dinners. I'll definitely have to give this one a try.

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  5. The calzones look delish, Kim! I like your "pretty good..." expression -- it captures it well!

    I worked at Jim's Pizza Box in Huron for a year-ish in high school and grew to realize that people totally have a calzone "personality" of sorts! ;-)

    In mine: spinach, chicken, onions, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese with pizza sauce on the side only, please! :-)

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  6. I made calzones about two weeks ago and in it we had sauce, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and a very yummy mixture of cottage cheese and spinach :)

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