Probably the two food items I cannot possibly get enough of are bread and cheese. You could just give me a loaf of bread and some delicious cheese and I'd make a meal out of it. However, where we live, it's unlikely that you'll find very many places to eat that serve those two delicious items. Long gone are the days where we are handed a bottomless basket of hot rolls while looking over a menu. 'Tis but a distant dream where I get unlimited amounts of chips and dip as I gulp down drink, after drink, after drink...
Thus, I must figure out a way to make all those things myself; when, normally, I would just say "Ooooh, I'm craving _____! Let's hop in the car and drive to _______!"
On occasion, I get into a calzone kind of mood. Such a delicious little pocket of yumminess...
And the possibilities for fillings are endless. For this particular evening, I had chicken on hand. So, the following recipe is the tasty combination I ended up with.
Two-Pepper Chicken Calzone
Yields 4 large calzones
Dough Ingredients (via Market2Meal):
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 Tbsp yeast
3/4 cup warm water
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb of chicken, cooked & seasoned with Italian seasoning, then shredded into small pieces
1 tomato, diced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
Preparing the dough:
Combine the first three ingredients for the dough, cover, and let sit for about 5 minutes.
Pour into a medium sized bowl and combine the rest of the ingredients. Add the flour one cup at a time.
Knead until you have a soft, smooth dough. If you would like to let it rise you can, but that's optional.
Divide the dough up into 4 balls. Take one ball and roll it out into a circle that's about 1/4 inch thick.
On one side, add no more than a cups worth of ingredients. I like to sprinkle some more cheese on top before folding the dough over.
Fold the dough over to create a half circle. Bring the bottom edge of the dough over the top edge and pinch down, sealing in all of your goodies. Slash 3 vents on the top of the calzone. Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt.
Bake for 450F (220C) for 10-15 minutes.
Serve with marinara sauce (or whatever sauce you prefer) and enjoy!