Posts tagged ‘calzone’

Calzones – bread pockets filled with cheesey joy

I love bread. Especially hot fresh bread right out of the oven. There’s something magical about it really.

I also love cheese. Oh, cheese. How wonderful you are in all your many forms! Soft, hard, gooey, creamy, and best of all, melted.

So when you combine fresh hot bread, and gooey delicious cheese to make pizza, my heart starts to flutter.

Ah, pizza! There’s so many variations and possibilities. Thick crust, thin crust, tomato sauce, garlic sauce, white sauce, etc. A well made pizza is truly a joy to behold, and even more of a joy to eat.

It’s not the most portable food though. Oh sure, cold pizza is portable enough, but disgusting as far as I’m concerned.  If it’s not piping hot and gooey, I will be sad.

That’s why I’m so thankful to whoever invented calzone! Portable pizza! It’s brilliant! Right? Right?! Am I the only one excited about this?! It’s like a pizza sandwich people!

Mmmmm, pizza sandwich…

If you like making pizza, but want to try something different, calzones are a nice alternative. Everyone can customize their calzone with whatever fillings they want. You can make them with the sauce in them, or leave the sauce out altogether, and provide several different sauces at the table for dipping (think tomato, garlic butter, pesto, alfredo sauce, etc.).

Calzones are also great for packed lunches. They freeze well, re-heat well, and aren’t messy. When you make them for dinner, simply make a bunch of extras, and then individually wrap and freeze them. You can just pop one out of the freezer the night before you need it, microwave or toast it the next morning, and pop it in your lunchbox. Fast, easy, and homemade, so you aren’t getting a bunch of weird preservatives and artificial stuff like the frozen pizza things in the supermarket. Oh yeah, these taste much better too.

Calzone in a packed lunch!

Unlike normal pizza dough which has to rise for about an hour, this dough only kneads to rest for about five minutes. I don’t know why. I didn’t make this recipe. I’ve had it for a few years now, so I don’t remember where I got it, but trust me, it’s good. Good and fast.

Calzones and a fresh tossed salad for dinner. Man, my own pictures are making me hungry. Blogging when hungry, not a good idea.

Calzones (makes 4 large calzones)

  • 1 c. warm water
  • 2 tsp. dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 c. flour (approximately)
  • 3 c. marinara sauce (approximately) (you can substitute any sauce you like or leave out the sauce altogether)
  • 2 c. mozzarella cheese
  • Fillings – use whatever you like (cooked mushrooms, onions, spinach, green peppers, cooked Italian sausage, pepperoni, etc. Go wild. Just make sure that any vegetables that contains a lot of water (like spinach and mushrooms) are cooked before you put them in the calzone. If they aren’t, they’ll release all that water inside of the calzone as it bakes, and you’ll end up with a soggy calzone. Ew).
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter or olive oil (optional)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar, oil, salt, and 1 c. flour.
  3. Continue gradually adding flour and mixing until dough is easy to handle.
  4. Pour out dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead for about 5 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover dough with bowl, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Cut dough into four equally sized pieces. Roll out each piece into a 10″ circle. Place sauce, cheese, and any other fillings on one half of the dough circle (leave a little space at the edge with nothing on it). Fold the side of dough with nothing on it over the side with everything on it and crimp it shut with your fingers or a fork. Place on a parchment paper lined or greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then brush tops of calzones with melted butter (optional). Return to oven and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes (total bake time of 25 – 30 minutes), or until golden brown.
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September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Calzones – bread pockets filled with cheesy joy

I love bread. Especially hot fresh bread right out of the oven. There’s something magical about it really.

I also love cheese. Oh, cheese. How wonderful you are in all your many forms! Soft, hard, gooey, creamy, and best of all, melted.

So when you combine fresh hot bread, and gooey delicious cheese to make pizza, my heart starts to flutter.

Ah, pizza! There’s so many variations and possibilities. Thick crust, thin crust, tomato sauce, garlic sauce, white sauce, etc. A well made pizza is truly a joy to behold, and even more of a joy to eat.

It’s not the most portable food though. Oh sure, cold pizza is portable enough, but disgusting as far as I’m concerned.  If it’s not piping hot and gooey, I will be sad.

That’s why I’m so thankful to whoever invented calzone! Portable pizza! It’s brilliant! Right? Right?! Am I the only one excited about this?! It’s like a pizza sandwich people!


Mmmmm, pizza sandwich…

If you like making pizza, but want to try something different, calzones are a nice alternative. Everyone can customize their calzone with whatever fillings they want. You can make them with the sauce in them, or leave the sauce out altogether, and provide several different sauces at the table for dipping (think tomato, garlic butter, pesto, alfredo sauce, etc.).

Calzones are also great for packed lunches. They freeze well, re-heat well, and aren’t messy. When you make them for dinner, simply make a bunch of extras, and then individually wrap and freeze them. You can just pop one out of the freezer the night before you need it, microwave or toast it the next morning, and pop it in your lunchbox. Fast, easy, and homemade, so you aren’t getting a bunch of weird preservatives and artificial stuff like the frozen pizza things in the supermarket. Oh yeah, these taste much better too.


Calzone in a packed lunch!

Unlike normal pizza dough which has to rise for about an hour, this dough only kneads to rest for about five minutes. I don’t know why. I didn’t make this recipe. I’ve had it for a few years now, so I don’t remember where I got it, but trust me, it’s good. Good and fast.


Calzones and a fresh tossed salad for dinner. Man, my own pictures are making me hungry. Blogging when hungry, not a good idea.

Calzones (makes 4 large calzones)

  • 1 c. warm water
  • 2 tsp. dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 c. flour (approximately)
  • 3 c. marinara sauce (approximately) (you can substitute any sauce you like or leave out the sauce altogether)
  • 2 c. mozzarella cheese
  • Fillings – use whatever you like (cooked mushrooms, onions, spinach, green peppers, cooked Italian sausage, pepperoni, etc. Go wild. Just make sure that any vegetables that contains a lot of water (like spinach and mushrooms) are cooked before you put them in the calzone. If they aren’t, they’ll release all that water inside of the calzone as it bakes, and you’ll end up with a soggy calzone. Ew).
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter or olive oil (optional)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar, oil, salt, and 1 c. flour.
  3. Continue gradually adding flour and mixing until dough is easy to handle.
  4. Pour out dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead for about 5 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover dough with bowl, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Cut dough into four equally sized pieces. Roll out each piece into a 10″ circle. Place sauce, cheese, and any other fillings on one half of the dough circle (leave a little space at the edge with nothing on it). Fold the side of dough with nothing on it over the side with everything on it and crimp it shut with your fingers or a fork. Place on a parchment paper lined or greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then brush tops of calzones with melted butter (optional). Return to oven and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes (total bake time of 25 – 30 minutes), or until golden brown.

September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Today’s Lunch

I think the typhoon completely missed us, and hit western Japan instead of here.

Talk about a let down. They’ve been talking about the how the typhoon was going to us for days, warning us every day to take precautions and to try not to venture outside today and tomorrow. I was actually hoping the typhoon would come here and make it cooler. I’m so ready for it to be cooler and Fall-ish!

Crisp. That’s the word I want to use to describe the weather right now. Crisp and cool. I’m ready to whip out my fall clothes and start cooking up a bunch of fall foods. Chili and corn bread, soups, stews, a plethora of pumpkin goodies, chestnuts, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, squash etc. I’m so ready for fall!

Today’s lunch: calzone (that I had to slightly squish to fit inside the box), salad and homemade vinaigrette dressing, and a chocolate chip cookie.

Nothing beats a homemade chocolate chip cookie in my books. It’s the ultimate comfort dessert for me. All warm and soft (I don’t like crispy cookies) and gooey, with a glass of cold milk. Ahhh, that’s happiness my friends. It’s been awhile since I made chocolate chip cookies, so I ignored the hot humidity yesterday and baked up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. They make everything better. Except maybe your waistline that is. But you only live once, right?

September 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Today’s Lunch

Despite just getting back home yesterday from vacation, I did manage to make Hisa’s lunch this morning. This is one of the advantages to having things available in the freezer. Last time I made calzones for dinner, I made double the amount and individually wrapped and froze all the extras. Yesterday I took one out of the freezer and put it in the fridge, making this morning’s lunch preparation super easy.

Today’s lunch: Homemade calzone, blanched asparagus, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, miso (for dipping the veggies in), and fresh pineapple.

August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm 2 comments

Menu Plan Monday for August 8 – 10

It’s gradually been heating back up here in central/Eastern Japan. Several weeks ago we had a typhoon come through, and although it was bad for a lot of cities on the coast where it hit, here a bit further inland, it simply rained a lot and then got blissfully cool. I’m talking about a high in the 70’s every day. It was heaven. After that first week though, it’s been ever so gradually heating back up. Last week the temperatures were back to normal Japanese summer temperatures, which although hot, were not unbearable like the super hot temperatures we were having before the typhoon. This week, however, the forecast looks rather foreboding as the high temperatures appear to be getting back up into the super hot digits.

Now, this wouldn’t be fun any time, but I was so hoping it would be cooler this week and next week. The reason being, is that my husband and I are going to visit his parents and stay at their place from the 11th to the 16th. Although I’m really excited about seeing my husband’s family and spending time with them, I’m also a little worried.

They have air conditioners in the living room, dining room, and the bedroom we always stay in, but they never use them… I think I’ve talked about this before, but I’m mainly worried about it being super hot,  not having any air conditioning at night when we sleep, and not being able to sleep as a result. That was basically my life last summer before we bought our air conditioner, and it was hell. It was so hot, I was constantly waking up at night, I could never get a full or good night’s sleep, and as a result I was always exhausted and grumpy.

So please Weather Man!! Make it COOL for me!! PLEASE!! Please? pretty please…?

Since we’re going out of town on the 11th, I’m only cooking dinner Monday through Wednesday this week. Then I’ll get to enjoy a week of my mother-in-law’s cooking. Yay!!

Menu Plan for August 8 – 10:

Stay cool everyone!!

August 8, 2011 at 9:47 am Leave a comment


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