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Homemade Italian Calzones

Jun-09-2016
Vanitha Bhat
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6 People
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ABOUT Homemade Italian Calzones RECIPE

Calzones are stuffed Italian pizzas (crescent shaped), normally served as such, but I like to serve them with a spicy pizza sauce I prepare.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Italian
  • Baking
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 6

  1. For the calzone:
  2. 1 cup warm water (not hot)
  3. 2 tsp active dry yeast
  4. 2 tsp sugar
  5. 3 tbsp olive oil
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 3 to 4 cups all purpose flour or maida
  8. 1 medium bell pepper or capsicum, chopped
  9. 1 medium Onion, chopped
  10. 8 to 10 button mushrooms, washed well, and chopped
  11. 2 green chilliles, chopped
  12. 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  13. For the Pizza sauce:
  14. 6 tomatoes, cut into quarters
  15. 2 onions, peeled and cut into big chunks
  16. 2 green chillies, slit
  17. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  18. 1/2 cup tomato puree or paste
  19. 1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  20. 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  21. salt to taste

Instructions

  1. For the calzone dough: In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast along with the sugar. Add the warm water and mix gently. Cover and let it proof for about 5 minutes. If the yeast is active and good, it will bubble and froth.
  2. Now add the oil, salt and 3 or more cups of flour. Mix well to form a soft dough and knead for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Place the dough in a greased or oiled bowl, roll it to coat with the oil. Cover the bowl and place in a warm place to rise until doubled in size.
  4. To make the sauce: In a pressure cooker, place the tomatoes, onions and green chillies and give one whistle.
  5. Remove and blend it to a smooth paste with the garlic. Pour this into a deep pan, add the tomato puree or paste, salt, oregano and Italian seasoning, mix well and bring to boil.
  6. Once it comes to a bowl, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or till the desired thickness of sauce..
  7. To bake the calzone: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Centigrade.
  8. Take 2 inch balls of the dough and roll into a medium thin circle. On one half of the circle, layer the bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, green chillies and cheese.
  9. Divide the fillings among the calzones. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling and seal the edges.
  10. Place the uncooked calzones onto greased baking sheets and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes till they are well baked and light golden brown.
  11. Serve these warm calzones with the hot prepared sauce on the side.

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Gurmeet Sandhu
Aug-01-2016
Gurmeet Sandhu   Aug-01-2016

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