Thursday, May 19, 2011

What's for Dinner?

Here is another recipe that I improvised after watching something on the Food Network when I was hungry. A while ago, I watched some show that featured an Italian eatery in New York that was famous for calzones made with sausage, potatoes, mozzarella, tomato, and red onion.  I was starving when I watched it and I couldn't get them off of my mind. 

I know this is a carb-heavy meal. Hello,  potatoes wrapped in dough? But what could be a better pre Marathon 15K meal? I served these up last week before the race.

Sausage and Potato (and other veggie) Calzones.

I found some locally made Chorizo sausage which was good and spicy.    Clearly, you could make these without the meat at all, and in fact, anything wrapped in dough would be good, so just use whatever you have.

I started off sauteing red onions, then added the sausage, then broccoli, then spinach.  Just sautee for a few minutes... no need to cook it all through, since they will cook more in the calzone.
Next, ask your husband to roll out the dough because that is your least favorite part.

This was pre-made pizza dough that I can buy at our grocery store.

Pile it all on.

Next, add some chunks of fresh mozzarella or other grated cheese.

And then roll her up, and brush with olive oil.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.. until golden brown.

Bonus:  the second half of this was wrapped up for my lunch the next day.
As you can see, my calzone crust was too thick on the bottom and too thin on top, so I need more practice. 

I guess I'll make them again very soon. 

Think of the calzone possibilities!  Mushrooms and cheese?  Roasted red peppers, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and feta?  Barbeque chicken and red onion and Gorgonzola?   We should all wrap our food in dough more often.


Anne-Marie said...

Yum! We have them on the menu for this week, too (mushroom and roasted red pepper, I think). I used to make spinach and bleu cheese ones that were excellent.... I should make those again.

The Harmons said...

Speaking of carbs I made the cottage cheese mashed potato pie one of these recent dreary days. Loved by all 3 of us!

Zoe K said...

I always watch food network when I'm hungry. I just can't seem to break myself of the habit... And I just read that post on an empty stomach. Oh noooo.