I’ve had a giant craving for pizza and calzone type foods…
You may recall that I make a wicked calzone. It’s so good that not only does my taste-tester call it F@%*ing Good and Wicked Awesome, my in-laws request it when they come to visit. In the past two years, I’ve omitted the cheese and it’s still just as amazing as ever. 🙂
I picked up a couple of zucchini and some pizza dough over the weekend. Tonight when I started getting out the ingredients to make the filling, I remembered that I had a few items leftover from the cleanup night… namely, onions (cooked), carrots, black olives, and about 1/4 of a tomato…. the red sauce I planned to use is sockarooni which has carrots in it… I love olives on my pizzas, and hey, tomatoes… that’s the main ingredient of the red sauce… I figured, I couldn’t go wrong.
And I wanted to blog about this, because I think it’s a great way to show that you can be creative in the kitchen, and leftovers are a great inspiration. You can make all kinds of things and swap out ingredients with what you have on hand… I do it all the time. It’s very rare that I make the same dish exactly the same way twice. I also didn’t have any fresh basil, so I used dried… no problem.
The thing I love about cooking is that you can make a giant mess, play with science, and create something absolutely amazing… hopefully you get to do all these things in the same meal.
So a note, make sure your dough isn’t too thin… heh. I flipped them over so that the filling wouldn’t burn… this step is usually not necessary.
Not a problem though, I’m going to pour red sauce on that sucker… so it’ll only look like this for a few minutes. 😉
Other changes I made this time, was to put a pinch of salt and a dash of garlic powder on the top of the calzone. I thought it would give the dough a nice pop of flavor.
I also decided to save the filling and dough for tomorrow’s dinner separately… normally I cook up all the calzones and then reheat them in the oven. I figured if I’m going to have to bake them in the oven anyway, why not make them ‘fresh’.
My taste-tester is on his way home, I just need to zap some red sauce in the microwave, and then dinner is ready…
You know you want some too… here’s the recipe 😀
Until next time…