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Two Peas and Their Pod: Roasted Vegetable Calzones

Monday, August 25, 2008

Roasted Vegetable Calzones

We are finally back in the kitchen. That was the first room I wanted unpacked:) It is nice having a new kitchen to cook in. Sorry I haven't posted pictures of our new house...I will get them up shortly. It is a process getting settled. We are getting closer though.

We made a trip to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning and found the best veggies and fruit! We made Roasted Vegetable Calzones to put the veggies to good use. I made a homemade tomato sauce and roasted the veggies, Josh also cooked up some sausage to put in his calzone. The dough was really easy to make. We will have to do these again!


The Roasted Veggie Platter. The choices were endless!


My homemade tomato sauce!


Josh working the dough.


Filling my calzone. The more veggies the better!


Ready for the oven!


Golden brown and ready to eat!


Basic Dough Recipe for Calzones

1 package of dry active yeast
1 1/4 cup luke warm water

Pinch of sugar

1 T olive oil

1 1/4 tsp. salt

3 1/2 cups flour (I use better for bread flour)

Cornmeal


1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water, sprinkle with pinch of sugar. Let stand for five minutes.
2. Pour yeast water into your Kitchenaid Mixer, add in olive oil. Mix briefly. Add in flour and salt. Mix until combined and switch to your dough hook. Let the machine knead the dough for about 4-5 minutes. Take the dough ball out and make sure it is smooth and not sticky!

3. Place the dough in a oiled bowl. Turn it over to oil both sides. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth/towel. Let rise for about 40 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

4. Divide the dough in half, place the dough in separate oiled bowls. Let rise again for about 20 minutes.

5. Now divide the dough into four portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into four circles. Have fun by tossing it in the air and stretching it too:)

6. Add your sauce, toppings, and cheese to one side.

7. Fold the dough over and pinch the calzone so it is tightly closed.

8. Brush the calzone lightly with olive oil. We also brushed it with an egg wash to help them brown.

9. Bake for about 30 minutes at 450 degrees on a hot pizza stone sprinkled with cornmeal.

10. Eat up!


Tomato Sauce

My sauce is very basic. I saute onions, garlic, fennel, crushed red pepper...and then I add in tomatoes. (diced or crushed from a can are fine...or you can use chopped fresh tomatoes.) I throw in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste to thicken the sauce. I really don't measure anything. I just eyeball it. I also add in fresh basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.


Calzone Fillings

Use whatever veggies you like! We roasted eggplant, zucchini, green and purple peppers, and onions. We also threw in artichoke hearts and fresh basil.
Josh likes to add sausage too! And of course, don't forget the cheese!! We used mozzarella...and I think Josh even threw some feta into his!! Get creative!!

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19 Comments:

Blogger Sharon said...

Yum, I love calzones! Josh is quite talented with the dough. I can't imagine what type of catastrophe would hit if I tried to do that.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

One of Josh's first jobs was at Little Caesar's...so I guess he had some practice:)

9:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Don't you just love the farmers market? Your calzones look delicious!

10:08 AM  
Blogger chris+amber said...

I LOVE coming to your blog for recipe ideas! This one is perfect because I am planning on a trip to the farmer's market this afternoon. Perfect timing! Can't wait to try this recipe. It looks heavenly. I cannot wait to see pics of your new casa! Thanks for sharing tried & true recipes with us!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Mmmm, I haven't made calzones in much too long! I love that you are using all of the fresh veggies!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Culinarywannabe said...

What a dough toss! These look delicious and healthy will all those veggies! Good luck getting settled - just keep thinking how good it will feel to have it all done (and have a few glasses of wine to deal with the in-between time). :)

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Hi and Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog - which has led me to yours! A great blog you have here I must say.
I love your vegetable calzones!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Thats a mighty fine Calzone! Nice and healthy!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

mmm...I am tempted to go to the store right now to get supplies to make this for dinner. Looks so good!

1:06 PM  
Blogger Life on Pelican Street said...

You could probably stuff anything in homemade dough and i would eat it. Looks great!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

Ah, calzones are the best! I love all of your fresh veggies and how colorful they all are. These look really delicious.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

those look amazing! and i'm so impressed with josh's pizza dough making skills! :)

2:37 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

This looks so tasty Maria! I love roasted vegetables, I can just about taste them tucked into the pizza crust! Great recipe!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Wow- that looks amazing. I love roasted veggies and what better way to enjoy them!

4:20 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I love Calzones!! These sound good for dinner tonight!

4:29 PM  
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5:26 PM  
Blogger Candy said...

This look delicious! I love roasted veggies.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Prudy said...

Oh, those sound soooo good. I love that they are roasted vegetable so you're getting some caramelized flavor. YUM!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Aggie said...

I love calzones! and I love all the veggies in it! Will have to try this soon!!

2:58 PM  

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