mini apple calzones

finished insides of mini calzone

i’ve been doing some experimenting. what the ho ho heck, you know?

first: i’ve had a request to make it a bit easier to browse and find the recipes i post (this idea is brilliantly outrageous! how could i not think of this..). this is why, to the right of the ‘about me’ link up top, i have added a ‘recipes’ page. i haven’t fully committed to the layout and i am wide open to suggestions. should i split it by soups, salads, beans..etc. or leave it as meal choices?

second: there are a few parties i am planning on attending that require a dish out of me, and i don’t want it to be the first time i make something. behold, the mini calzone. the perfect party snack: easy to grab, walk around with, fun to eat, and not so heavy. champagne party, bring it on.

onions

start by rolling out your typical whole wheat pizza dough. i used the recipe i posted a few weeks ago:

1 cup warm water

1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 tablespoon honey or sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cups whole wheat flour

1. in a large mixing bowl, stir yeast and honey into warm water and let sit 10-15 minutes or until it starts to bubble/foam.

2. pour in salt, oil, and half the flour and mix.

3. once the flour has been incorporated start adding more to achieve a slightly tacky consistency, without sticking to your fingers.

4. turn the mixer on high and lead knead for 6 minutes. the dough should be clean, easy to work with, and the bowl should be clean.

5. lightly grease the bowl and the dough and let sit for 1-2 hours.

apples

these are basically like dumplings: pile it in and fold it up. couldn’t be more fun to make.

ready for the oven

slather them in olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake. i’ve never once made a calzone before and have never read how to fold them up. amazingly, it just happens. must be the magic of the italians. point is: don’t be intimidated, they’re grrrrrreaaat!! that’s what tony the tiger says.

mini apple calzone

mini apple calzones (makes 6) adapted from sprouted kitchen.

whole wheat pizza crust (i used half of what the above recipe makes – good for some cheesy bread at a later date)

1/2 yellow onion sliced super thin

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 apple, chopped into small pieces

3 sticks skim string cheese, chopped into small pieces

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons fresh thyme

2 tablespoons fresh chives

salt and pepper

1. heat oven to 500°f

2. meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat and add the sliced onions. saute until caramelized, about 15 minutes.

3. get all of your ingredients ready for fixing.

4. roll out your dough using a little extra flour until its 1/8″ thin. you want squares that are about 3″x3″.

5. pile the toppings on: onion, apple, cheeses, thyme, chives.

6. fold to make 6 little triangles. press and fold up the edges to secure them.

7. brush some olive oil over each of them and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

8. bake for 12-14 minutes.

9. eat walking around a party with a champagne glass in one hand and both your nose and pinky pointed straight in the air. so classy. kind of like this..

ugly sweaters

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4 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Santa Monica Pizza & Pasta Co. and commented:
    These look great! Does anybody want to try these?

  2. Looks amazing! Love your food and pictures.

    1. thanks! the calzones are worth going un-vegan for the day :)

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