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Calzone

I apologize in advance that this one is not Vegan, but can easily be made so by using a Vegan cheese product or tofu ricotta….oooh, I should’ve gone the tofu ricotta route….that sounds delicious.  I’ve actually never made a calzone before, but we were thinking pizza last night and I decided “why not take it up a notch??”  and that is what we did.

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For starters, this was a SERIOUS calzone.  I’m talking large pizza size folded in half and stuffed to the point of near rupture serious.  Normally I’m a total bum and use pizza dough mix (which I suppose is slightly less lazy then buying ready made crust) but this time I actually found a recipe online and made my own from scratch.  Not only that, but this was so easy, I think I’m done buying the “crust in an envelope”.

I can’t remember the exact web address, but the crust recipe is from Cooks.com (so you know it isn’t original and I’m not taking any credit) and here it is:

Ingredients
1 pkg or 2.5 teaspoons dry yeast (I buy mine in bulk so I actually need to measure)
3/4 cup very warm water
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

Instructions
1. Soak yeast in water for 5 minutes. Add flour, sugar, and salt, and mix to blend. Knead for 2-3 minutes and let rise in a warm place for 15.
2. Roll out dough to desired size.

What you decide to fill your calzone with is obviously up to you, but I’ll give you the directions for making your own, along with what I put in mine, to get you started.

Ingredients
1 recipe pizza dough (above)
“egg wash” for dough…I used soymilk, but pick your poison.
Fillings of choice (I used cheddar, mushrooms, sweet peppers, spinach, black olives, chili flakes, garlic salt and shallot pepper)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 450F. Prepare a pizza pan or baking stone (I use a stone). While it is nice to preheat a stone in the oven, I made my calzone directly on the cold stone and then put it in the oven…everything cooked fine.
2. Roll out your dough, and pile all the filling on one half of it, leaving a bit of space around the perimeter. Fold the other half of the dough oven filling, and use the tongs of a fork to seal the edges. Brush outside with your wash of choice.
3. Bake for 10 minutes at 450F, remove and enjoy. (I dipped mine in marinara sauce and it was to die for!

I would also like to note (as this was my Saturday night meal) that calzones do a great job of soaking up alcohol..must be all that dough…

Selah.

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