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Vegetarian Calzone

on November 15, 2012

Vegetarian Calzone

Every now and then I get a request from my daughter for something Italian in her lunchbox. As she is not picky about veggies, I usually make vegetarian calzones using the Healthy Pizza Dough recipe. The dough is enough to make 3-4 calzones. Today’s version has sautéed spinach with black olives, garlic, homegrown cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Making your own pizza dough might seem intimidating at first. A few pointers to get it right.

  • Make sure the yeast you will be using is not past its expiration date.
  • Once opened yeast should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Dissolve sugar in the warm water before adding yeast.
  • Good rule of thumb for adding yeast to correct water temperature is to test by inserting a finger into the warm water. The water should feel hot but not hot enough to make you pull out your finger instantly. This will kill the yeast.
  • Stir the yeast into the sugar solution and let stand for 10-15 minutes. If the yeast is OK, it will be foamy on top. Then the rest of the ingredients can be added to make the dough.
  • It is important to knead the dough for 8-10 minutes to get a nice smooth dough. This makes it easy to stretch or roll the dough out after it proofs.
  • As I don’t own a pizza paddle, I like to transfer the rolled-out dough for pizza or calzone to a baking sheet before adding the toppings.  

Hope these tips help if you will be attempting making your own pizza dough for the first time. You’ll have your family and friends saying Bellisimo ! Happy cooking!






One response to “Vegetarian Calzone

  1. My husband loves calzones but usually has the really greasy, pepperoni loaded ones. I think I could actually get him to eat this one with all the veggies. Thanks for sharing!

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