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Monday, December 28, 2009

Calzone and Salad = $5.96

Serves 3 adults + 4 or more children.

Honestly, I just throw stuff in to make the calzone crust, because I basically now the formula that works.

My recipe includes: warm water (100F)combined with about 1 tsp rapadura or honey and 1 Tbs of active dry yeast. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes until yeast "blooms".

Add 2 eggs lightly beaten and a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Mix gently.

Begin adding whole wheat flour. I stop adding flour when combining with the spoon gets a bit difficult. Then I sprinkled in some sage, rosemary and basil and a handful of grated cheese. I then proceeded to kneed by hand until a nice ball of dough was formed (add a little flour or water as needed to reach a nice, smooth, elastic consistency). I then allowed the dough to rest for about 30 minutes before separating into two equal pieces and rolling out to form the calzone crust.

If you need a recipe, you can use the basic recipe from Under 1000 Per Month (I like to add an egg or two in order to give more hold in a whole wheat flour recipe, usually you need to add a tad more flour to offset the additional egg liquid).

Now for the filling:

4 oz each grated mozzarella and grated cheddar (any cheese you have on hand will do).
1 lb meat of choice (cooked), tonight we used ground turkey sausage.
2-3 cups red sauce (Tonight we cheated and used canned pasta sauce. Once garden season comes around again, we will have enough tomatoes and sauce canned to get us through next winter---prayerfully!).
Veggies of choice (basically whatever is on hand... sliced mushrooms, olives, onions, zucchini.

Roll out each portion of your dough (you should have two smaller balls of dough) into a semi-circle about 1/4 inch thick. Top entire dough with sauce (we go light, but do whatever looks good!). Add fillings to one half of the dough. Fold empty side over onto filling side, crimp edges by bringing the bottom edge up and over the top and pressing between a thumb and finger (kind of like a pie crust).

Poke several holes in top with a fork. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top and place in a 350F oven for about 30 mins. Or until golden brown on top and cooked through.

Remove from oven, slice into appropriate portion sizes, serve with veggies.

Tonight, we didn't put veggies inside ours as there wasn't anything on hand that sounded right with our sausage and cheese... so we are enjoying the calzone with garden salad.

2 large calzone doughs= $1.00
Flour- $.30
Water- free
2 eggs- $.40
2 Tbs olive oil- $.20
1 Tbs yeast- $.10
sprinkle of salt- freebie

Fillings= $3.16
Cheese- $1.00 (used a couple tablespoons in crust, rest as filling).
Turkey sausage- $1.58
Sauce- $.78
Seasonings- $.10 (mixed into the crust dough)

Assorted Veggies or Garden Salad= $1.50

Total $5.96
For those who go cheeseless or meatless... this would be even less expensive.

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