Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pepperoni Calzone

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Thursdays were always my favorite days growing up. Honestly, they still are. I have the whole weekend just within reach, and I always look forward to Friday, simply because I spend that entire day looking forward to the weekend.

It's complicated. I'm complicated.

But as an innocent, somewhat chunky child, Thursdays were my favorite days because it was pizza day at school. I am hesitant to admit this, but I was always the first in line.

Some things never change.

As an adult, I'm trying to stretch myself and become open to new things. I listen to classical music on occasion, watch the 700 club and read the paper (probably just because I want to impress my boss, the editor of the paper, and my night-editor who knows something about everything),

That's right...I'm talking to you, Amber.

Regardless of my tireless efforts, I cannot stray from my love of pizza, which is why tonight I am preparing its cousin, the calzone.

The beauty of calzones is that they're fancier-like pizza dressing up to go to the prom. Or, depending on how you look at it, it's a glorified hot pocket. You can fill them with whatever you want: chicken, veggies, sauces, etc. I am going forward with my traditional pizza calzone and will be using pizza sauce, cheese, olive oil, pepperoni, and italian herbs. Get creative, though! It's much easier than it looks.

Let's start with the dough. Instead of being repetitive, here's the link to my homemade pizza dough.Just make sure and stop before you start putting on toppings. Just make the super easy dough and then we'll pick up back here.

**As a side note on that pizza dough, this time I used whole wheat flour instead of white flour**
  • Roll the dough out into a round shape. It doesn't have to be perfect.
  • You're going to need to add the dough to whatever you're going to be baking it on. I used a stone and put a thin layer of corn starch on it.
  • Add the pizza sauce to half the dough. Make sure and keep it an inch from the edge.
  • Add mozzarella cheese.
  • Throw on some pepperoni. This is turkey pepperoni which, P.S., tastes exactly the same and is so much better for you.
  • Add more sauce.
  • Fold the other half over and pinch the sides together.
  • Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes.

VoilĂ ! There ya' go, people. Eat and enjoy!

Xoxoxoxo,
Rachael

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