You can make these with cheese filling or vegetables and cheese or meat and cheese. Whatever's good on a pizza! They make a great lunch or you can freeze any leftovers.
1cuplukewarm water (more if needed)
4cupsflour plus extra for kneading
Fresh Tomato Sauce
1poundtomatoes, coarsely chopped
salt to taste
1/4cupfresh basil, cut in strips
2cupsricotta cheese, drained if needed
1cupgrated mozzarella cheese
1cupgrated Parmesan cheese
some minced garlicoptional, I left it out this time since I had garlic in the sauce
1cupchopped pepperoni or vegetables or ham or whatever
Mix the yeast with 1 cup of lukewarm water and honey and let it sit while you measure out the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and hook up your dough hook.
Give a quick stir to distribute the salt evenly, then pour in the yeast and water mix until the bowl is being cleaned basically (all the flour incorporated). You might need a bit more water. Knead about 5 minutes, either in your mixer or by hand.
Place in a bowl and make a few slits in the dough with a sharp knife and put in a warm window sill or other place, cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in volume. Depending on weather and how warm your house is this could take an hour or two. If your house is chilly, you can turn the oven on for just a minute to warm it up, then turn it off and place the dough in there with the oven light on.
FRESH TOMATO SAUCE
Heat the oil while you’re chopping the tomatoes and heat the garlic over medium low heat, stirring now and then. You could skin the tomatoes ahead of time by blanching in boiling water or just added the chopped tomatoes, skin and all, to the olive oil and cook about 10 minutes. Pick out any large skin pieces. Add the salt and basil, stir and taste. Add pepper if you’d like.
FOR THE FILLING:
Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each into a circle about 6-8″ in diameter and let sit.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Spoon 1/4 of the cheese mixture on to each circle of dough, one at a time.
Wet the edges of the dough with water, then fold the dough in half to make a half circle. Pinch the edges together then fold the edges over to make a tight seal. Crimp with a fork or your fingers. Slash a few holes in the top with a fork or a sharp knife. Bake 30-40 minutes, until lightly browned.
Serve with the heated tomato sauce on the side.
Calzones with Fresh Tomato Sauce https://cheapcooking.com/calzones-with-fresh-tomato-sauce/ October 3, 2011