09 March 2009

favorite

Shawn and I are going to Branson, just for one night, for some work meetings. So, I thought I'd help out our young married babysitting couple by leaving Tuesday night dinner in the freezer. And then I realized that since I had never posted this recipe I really ought too, it is one of my very favorite recipes!

My kids really love it too, and like to help when they're around. We have it probably at least once a week, usually on Thursday nights when Shawn is gone teaching his night class... he's not a real lover of pizza. Crazy, I know. Thanks Candice and Emily for the recipe!

Calzones:

1/2 cup sugar
2 cups hot water
1 1/2 T. yeast
4 T. oil (the original recipe calls for olive oil, which I usually love, but in this recipe I don't like the flavor in the dough for some reason, so I use canola.)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
6-7 cups flour

Combine hot water, sugar and yeast. Allow yeast to soften, and then add the rest of the ingredients. If using a kitchen aid, knead dough for 5 minutes. Cover and let rest for at least 10-15 minutes. (But when I forget to plan ahead, which is usually most of the time, I don't let it rest that long, and it turns out fine.) Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Makes about 30 calzones, depending on size.
You can also be really fast and just buy the frozen Rhodes Rolls dough. Thaw it by preheating your oven to 200 degrees, once it's preheated, turn the oven off and put the rolls in. Let them sit in there for about 20 minutes, then they should be thawed. Then continue with the process - flatten the dough, etc.
Here are a few pictures of the actual shaping of the calzones. Please remember when viewing, we're not going for beauty...

Here's what the dough should look like as you're kneading it.
After letting the dough rest/rise, dump it onto the counter, and cut into little dough mounds.
Then just flatten them like pancakes.


Fill them with whatever toppings you like... we usually end up with plain cheese and cheese and pepperoni. But we have made them with lots of other yummy stuff too... ham and pineapple, green peppers, mushrooms... the list goes on and on.

Fold them in half and smash the outside edge with a fork to seal it. You can also just fold the outside edge over a bit if you'd rather.

And here's the finished product. Dip in sauce when you serve them. Yum! I always stick the leftovers in the freezer and then pull them out when we need them. I even send them to school in their lunch boxes, nice to have options.

3 comments:

MoM B. said...

They sound good and really easy. Good to hear you guys are getting a night away!

Mollie said...

Yeah those look good!! I'll have to make them sometime! I hope you guys are doing good in Arkansas, I miss it there!

Sarah said...

I have a calzone recipe that is the only thing people request when I bring them dinner-- pretty much the same but I use a ricotta/mozz cheese mixture inside. Yum yum. I'll have to try it your way too.