Mar 2, 2010


Today we made dinner for our dear friends who have a new addition to their family!  He's pretty cute. :)
It was our dinner, too.

The Crust:
(I'm pretty sure I've posted this recipe before, but here it is just in case.)
1 t. sugar
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 T. yeast
1 T. olive oil
1 t. salt
2 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. white flour
Dissolve sugar in water.  Sprinkle yeast on top - let stand about 10 min. until foamy.  Stir oil and salt into mixture, then mix in whole wheat flour and 1 c. white flour until dough starts to come together.  Put dough on surface floured with remaining white flour.  Knead until all is absorbed and dough becomes smooth.  About 10 minutes.  Place in oiled bowl, turn to coat.  Cover; let rise 1 hour until doubled.  If making 2 crusts, divide into 2 pieces.  Form into tight ball/s.  Let rise 45 min. until doubled.  Preheat oven to 425.  Roll out or press into pizza pan/s.  Top.  Bake 16-20 min. just until crisp and golden at edges and cheese is melted.

(For calzones, I obviously left out the rolling and topping stages.)
The Filling:
1 t. olive oil
2 c. thinly sliced red pepper
1 c. chopped onion (I used mushrooms instead.)
(I also added some zucchini.)
2 garlic cloves, minced (more)
1 lb. sausage
3/4 c. mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. tomato sauce (I used marinara sauce and left out spices below.)
1/4 c. low-fat cottage cheese
2 T. parmesan cheese
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/4 t. crushed red pepper
 Heat 1 t. oil over medium-high heat in skillet.  Add pepper, onion, garlic, and sausage.  Saute until until tender.  Spoon mixture into a bowl; cool slightly.  Add mozzarella and remaining ingredients to sausage mixture.  Stir well.  Preheat oven to 450.  Roll portions of dough into 6" circles on lightly floured surface.  Spoon about 1/2 c. sausage mixture onto half of each circle, leaving 1/2" border.  Fold dough over filling; crimp edges of dough with fingers to seal.  Place calzones on baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Pierce tops of the dough with a fork.  Bake about 15-20 minutes until golden lightly browned.

You may be wondering why my rolling pin has writing on it.  This rolling pin was a wedding gift from one of my best friends in high school!  She wrote on it (in our school colors) different memories we have from high school.  I love it!
I doubled the batch to have extras.

On a side note....I think we could play a game on this blog called "In How Many Photos Can You Find the Pink Bear?"  Seriously, that bear pops up everywhere!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:56 PM

    Yummy. As for the bear, I have made comments many times on viewing your blog such as "that bear is in another picture!" Gotta love the girl behind the bear. -Gma Farwell