Tasty Tuesdays! 11/11/2014

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Home Made Calzones

  • 2 Cups of warm water (not hot, warm)
  • 3 Tbsp of active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 Cup of vegetable oil
  • 6 Cups of all purpose flour (you can use wheat, if you like)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 package of mini pepperonis (or about 3 cups of a meat of your choice)
  • Seasoned Salt, Garlic Powder, and Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Cup of grated Mozzerella
  • 1 Cup of Grated Sharp Cheddar

Directions:

First of course we have to activate our yeast. Combine water, yeast, and syrup in a container. And cover for about 5 minutes, and then add the oil. You know your yeast is ready when its nice and frothy.
Now, I do not have a stand mixer, so I did all this by hand. But if you do, you may want to use it with a dough hook attachment. But that’s not necessary.
In a large mixing bowl I combined the flour and salt, added the wet ingredients, removed my ring, and got my hands in there and kneeded the heck out of it!
If it’s too sticky? add flour. Too dry? Add water.
Divide the dough up into 4 evenly sized balls. These will be about the size of an average piece of pizza. Want smaller ones, make 8 balls.
Cover your dough and wait about 20-30 min. You dough should just about double in size, so make sure whatever you put it in to rise, it has plenty of room.
While your waiting for that, time to prep the filling.
In a medium sized sauce pan, heat your sauce and pepperonis to a boil, reduce heat. And add your seasonings until you reached your desired flavor. (Always taste your food as you’re cooking.)
Preheat your oven to 425 F. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Roll out each piece of dough into a circle about 1/8 in thick. Add your sauce and meat filling and cheeses. fold in half, pinch the edges to close. and poke a few times with a fork. Bake for 18 Minutes. Let cool for a couple of minutes, and enjoy!! I served this along side a simple salad. I found these rather filling, so I only ate a half. Joseph however ate one and a half! So it’s up to you. :)
Happy cooking everyone