Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chicken & Artichoke Calzones

Using the food processor pizza dough recipe from my previous post, I decided to make some calzones with ingredients I had on hand.  I started with some leftover shredded chicken, diced onion, green pepper, and mushrooms, then looked through my random canned goods for some inspiration.  Here's what I came up with:

Chicken & Artichoke Calzones


- 1 t. olive oil
- 1/2 c. diced onion
- 1/2 c. diced green pepper
- 1/4 c. mushrooms
- 1 1/2 c. crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 can artichoke hearts, chopped
- 1/2 can sliced black olives  (about 1/4 c.)
- 1 c. cooked chicken, shredded
- 1 T. Italian seasoning
- 1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/2 c. part skin mozzarella, shredded
- 1/4 c. parmesan cheese 
- 1 pound pizza dough (I used this recipe)


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Saute onion and pepper in olive oil over medium high heat until slightly softened, about 1-2 minutes.  Add chopped mushrooms and cook another minute.

2.  Add tomatoes, chicken, and black olives

3.  Coursely chop the artichoke hearts and add to the sauce mixture.  Add spices, and allow mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes until veggies are soft and sauce thickens slightly.

4.  In a separate bowl, mix mozzarella and parmesan cheese, set aside.

5.  Cut pizza dough into 4 pieces for large calzones, or 6 pieces for smaller calzones (I did 4 large Michael-sized calzones, but for me, 1/2 of one was plenty for a serving for me.)

6.  Roll dough into an approximate square shape (doesn't have to be perfect at all).  Dough will be very thin.

7.  Spoon enough of the sauce mixture to cover one half of the dough, leaving about an inch on the edges.  Top with a quarter of the cheese mixture. 

8.  Fold the dough in half to form an approximate triangle shape, lining up the edges as best you can.

can you see why my neighbor
calls these "monster mouths"?

9.  Using a fork, press the edges together to seal.

10.  Beat the egg and brush over the top of the calzone.  This gives it a nice shine, color, and texture when baked.  Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

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