Italian food is to die for and we hope our Greenwood Plaza community members in Centennial, Colorado, enjoy these creative thoughts about calzones.
Start With the Perfect Calzone Dough
The key to a fantastic calzone starts with a high-quality dough. The dough is the absolute foundation of a creative calzone. Once you perfect it, you will be able to try all sorts of inventive variations on this iconic Italian culinary offering.
- ¼ ounce of active dry yeast
- 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
How to Make
Stir and dissolve the yeast in a small bowl with the warm water. Add salt, sugar and 1 cup of flour. Mix thoroughly. Work in the remainder of the flour until you have a dough that can be kneaded on a floured surface.
Place the olive oil in a bowl and lay the dough over it. Once moist from the olive oil, turn the dough over and let it stand for approximately 40 minutes. It should be fully risen, or doubled in size, by then. With your dough ready to manage, separate it into two equal parts and roll each out flat. You will have the foundation for a pair of creatively stuffed calzones.
Believe it or not, an authentic calzone does not have tomato sauce inside of it. They are traditionally stuffed with ingredients such as cold cuts, cheeses and vegetables. But you can certainly experiment with foods that are near and dear to your heart to create your uniquely perfect calzone. These are some of the popular tried-and-true creations.
- Pepperoni and Cheese: Wrap with 10 slices of pepperoni, one diced clove of garlic and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and bake. No sauce needed.
- Spinach, Broccoli and Cheese: Dice 3 ounces of broccoli, layer with 1 ounce of fresh spinach, and sprinkle over grated parmesan cheese. Season with garlic and black pepper to suit and bake.
How to Bake a Calzone
Wrap the stuffing by closing the edges of the dough together. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake the calzones for about 30 minutes. They should be lightly or golden brown. Serve hot.
We hope our Greenwood Plaza community members enjoy these calzone ideas. If you or a friend would like more information about our Centennial apartments, call us today.