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