Thursday, May 9, 2013


 I don't know if any of you have taken notice but we love pizza in our household. We have made pizza many many different ways: on the grill, in the oven, in rolls, as bites, and now as calzones. This is a recipe my good friend Megan shared with me and it was delicious! If you like pizza as much as we do then you should give all these recipes a try!

Dough Ingredients:
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (or 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 c white flour)
1 tsp olive oil

Filling Ingredients:
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (just mozzarella, or a mixture of mozzarella, parmesan, romano, etc.)
1/2 cup diced pepperoni
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup spinach leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp dried basil leaves
1/4 t garlic salt
1 Tbsp salted butter, melted
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning

1. To Make Dough: In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the oil, sugar and salt; mix in 1 cup of the flour until smooth. Gradually stir in the rest of the flour, until dough is smooth and workable. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes, or until it is elastic. Lay dough in a bowl containing 1 teaspoon olive oil, then flip the dough, cover and let rise for 40 minutes, or until almost doubled.
2. To Make Filling: While dough is rising, combine the ricotta cheese, cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, spinach and basil leaves in a large bowl. Mix well.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
4. When dough is ready, punch it down and separate it into 2 equal parts. Roll parts out into thin circles on a lightly floured surface.
5. Fill each circle with 1/2 of the cheese/meat filling and fold over, securing edges by folding in and pressing with a fork. Combine melted butter, garlic powder and Italian seasoning in a small bowl and then spoon over the top of the folded dough. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. 
7. Serve hot with bowls of marinara sauce, for dipping. Enjoy!

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