Friday, March 7, 2008

Calzones...

I got this recipe off the website where Jeanine got her "yummiest muffins" recipe. Tonight we had Camerons sister and her family over for dinner and thought this was a great idea. They were so good and neat because everyone gets to create their own. Definately a good dinner when you are having people over!

DOUGH:
  • 1 package of dry, active yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 tablspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

put yeast in one cup of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Then add the olive oil.

In a mixer mix together the flour with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar. With the motor on, pour in the yeast mixture and let the motor run until the dough comes together.

Take the dough out, form it into a ball and put it in a large, oiled bowl. Cover it and let it rise for one hour in a warm spot. Punch the dough down and divide it into four (or more if you want them smaller) balls. Put the balls on a greased cookie sheet and let them rise for 40 minutes. Then, on a slightly floured surface, roll the balls into circles with a rolling pin. Put the circles on an oiled cookie sheet and fill with toppings. Put toppings on one side of the dough and then fold the other side on top. Leave enough bare around the edges so you can seal the edges with a fork.

Put them in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes-20 minutes. Take out when golden brown.

TOPPINGS:

We used Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, olives, fresh spinach leaves, and tomato sauce. The blog I got this recipe off of also recommended ricotta cheese, feta cheese, ham, red peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms....pretty much anything you want!!

These were super good and this recipe makes 4 large calzones. It was great, I made the dough before everyone came, then everyone filled their own and I threw them in the oven!