Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ham + Mushroom Calzone


Calzone is basically a folded pizza so you can stuff it with all your favorite pizza toppings & fit more! ;) 
For my calzones I simply used my basic flat bread recipe and it worked out perfectly. You could also make two large versions or 4 single servings, great in the freezer to so you can easily pop in the microwave for a quick satisfying meal. 
The possibilities for this dinner are limitless, pack it with your favorite combinations-- spinach, olives, pineapple, chicken & bbq sauce...




Ham + Mushroom Calzone: (serves 4)
Ingredients:
1 batch of Basic Flat Bread or pizza dough
1/2 cup pasta/tomato sauce*
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2 small onion
2 slices of ham, diced
1 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup cheese
dried basil
1 egg

Directions:
Make a batch of the Basic Flat Bread recipe and divide into two pieces. Form into balls and then simply roll each out until about 1/4 inch thick. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. 
Lightly oil a skillet, place over medium heat and saute onions for a 1-2 minutes. Toss in mushrooms, ham, and garlic and cook for another couple minutes. Add in tomato sauce, mix and remove from heat. Add half of the mixture to each dough base, but only spreading ingredients on half leaving about 1/2 inch on the ends. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese on each calzone. 
Fold the dough over mixture and press ends to seal the dough. Whisk egg in a bowl and brush each calzone with egg to give the outside a nice crust. Sprinkle with herbs if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the oven (I actually just used my toaster oven!) or until browned. Cut calzone in half and serve accompany with some vegetables.


I made a quick & easy pasta sauce as the canned kind are often loaded with unwanted sodium and sugars.

Dice several tomatoes and mix with garlic, jalapenos for spice, basil, and a pinch of salt and cook in a pot for 15 minutes until soft. For a chunky sauce, mash with a fork and for a smoother one simply use a blender. 


Make dough & divide into two.
Chop ingredients.
Saute ingredients. 
Add pasta sauce & combine.
Roll each calzone dough out over floured surface.
Add mixture to one side.
Add cheese.

Fold dough over mixture, press to seal calzone.
Brush outside with whisked egg.
Optional: Sprinkle w/ herbs.
Bake for 15-20 minutes @ 375F.
Cut in half & serve, yum!

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