Sunday Night Calzones

Sunday night dinners have been a tradition in my family since I can remember. When I was growing up, Papa and Noni would come over every week and we would all sit down and enjoy a good bit a pot roast and potatoes. It was a time where we could all get together before the busy week started and enjoy each others company over some probably lude and offensive (to other people, not to us) conversation and Noni getting really mad at Dad for some seriously crazy reason. She would forget all about the actual reason through the week, but she always remembered she was mad about something? This still happens by the way…

Any way, I was super lucky in college to continue the tradition with my amazing group of friends. We would rotate houses and hosts each week for a yummy, college-budget friendly meal (Catie – You know I’m talking about your memorable meal), lots of wine, and a strictly followed schedule of watching Extreme Home Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers and Sisters, if we could stay up that late. Sometimes a board game would sneak its way it on special nights. Needless to say, this family was mostly the girls, but Chris would come for dinner, at least watch Extreme Home Makeover, then head to the back bedroom to watch Family Guy.

Still, since I’ve moved away all my families several times, Chris and I have tried to carry on the tradition of our Sunday Night Family Dinners. Our family has shrunk quite a bit, but we make sure to come together on Sunday nights and enjoy a good meal and good company.

Our new Sunday night show…Game of Thrones! So excited to watch tonight! And my Mom’s Pot Roast has been replaced by her Calzones instead. These Calzones are an easy recipe and can be customized be each person. Mine is usually filled with greens and Chris’s is filled with meats and hot peppers. To each their own.

What type of traditions have you carried from childhood?

Adapted from my Mama. Happy Mother’s Day to her!
Serves 2 – large calzones (I always say I’ll eat the other half for lunch tomorrow. Never happens…)

What ya need:
Pizza Dough (Store Bought or Homemade – see below)
Egg Wash: 1 Egg and 1 Tbsp of Water
The rest is up to you, here are some suggestions!
Your choice of pizza sauce or pesto
Cheese and lots of cheese. Mozzarella, Parmesan, and/or Ricotta
Fresh Chopped Garlic
Red Peppers, Hot Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms
Spicy Chicken Sausage, Pepperoni
Spinach, Arugula

Homemade Pizza Dough
3/4 cups (6 ounces) of water, luke warm
1/2 teaspoon of instant active-dry yeast
2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour (feel free to use some whole wheat flour here)
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a medium size bowl (stand mixer users use the paddle attachment). Once it all comes together, knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic to the touch.

To make 2 large calzones, divide the dough ball into 2 equally sized portions.

Here are the Ktchn’s suggestions for shaping the dough.

Shaping the Dough:
Press the dough into a flat disk, and then use a rolling pin to roll it into an 8"-9" circle for larger calzones or 6"-7" for smaller calzones. Roll from the middle of the dough outwards, as you do for pie dough. If the dough starts to shrink back on you, let it rest for five minutes and try again. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.

Filling the Calzone:
Spread a generous amount of filling ingredients in the bottom third of the calzone (slightly less for smaller calzones), leaving a clear border around the edge. Then once its filled with all the goodness, fold the top of the dough over the filling and press to seal. Pinch the edges to help ensure a good seal. And it looks cooler.

Baking the Calzones:
Transfer the calzones to a baking sheet that is sprayed with some non-stick spray or lines with parchment paper. Brush the tops with the egg wash. I top mine with a little red pepper flakes, pinch of salt, a bit of black pepper and sprinkle of parm.
Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

My favorite combo: Classic red sauce, mozz and a bit of parm, garlic, red pepper flakes, spinach, arugula, fresh chopped tomatoes, and mushrooms. Sometimes I had chicken sausage if I am feeling fancy.

Chris’s favorite combo: Classic red sauce, mozz, garlic, onions, peppers, a red jalapeno, a habenero, pepperoni, and red pepper flakes. He likes it spicy.

Enjoy your Sunday!


1 comment:

  1. I realized after I posted this, it was the series finale of Deperate Housewives!


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