If you ask me what would be my favorite and easy to go meal, it always be calzone. For those of you unfamiliar with calzone, they are actually stuffed pizza.
While you can certainly make your own dough, most people I know want something a little easier. The easiest solution was to use frozen pizza dough or refrigerated biscuit dough that comes in a tube.
Using my best pizza dough recipe and stuffed with chicken, bell pepper, onion, tomato and spices, these turned out soft and chewy at the same time. These freeze well so it is a great idea to make a large batch for another night.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN CALZONE
Serves : 4-5
3 cups all purpose flour
1.5 teaspoon instant yeast
5 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoon milk powder
2 tablespoon sugar
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
2 tablespoon warm water if needed
250 g minced chicken/beef/lamb
2 big onion sliced
2 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 in ginger minced
2 tomato chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoon chicken curry powder
1 large bell pepper thinly sliced
1 cup green peas
2 med potato cubed (optional)
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
salt and sugar to taste
3 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup water
1 stick cinnamon
METHOD FOR FILLING
Heat oil, add cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms and onion. Fry onion until it turns brown.
Add in ginger, garlic, curry powder and chili powder, fry until fragrant. Sprinkle water if it is too dry.
Now add the minced meat and tomato, fry for 1 minute.
Add bell pepper and 1/2 cup water, if using potato add 1 cup of water, bring to boil. Cover and cook until potato or bell pepper is soft, stirring in between.
Add peas and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes.
Remove from heat, sprinkle with cilantro. Cool.
DIRECTION FOR DOUGH
Place flour, instant yeast, milk powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
Now add butter, warm water to the dry ingredient, forms into soft dough.
Knead by hand for 5 minutes on floured board until smooth.
Transfer into oiled and covered bowl, let rise until double for 1-2 hours.
Degas the dough, divide into 7 equal balls
Roll out each ball into 7 in round about 1/4 in thick. Drop 2 tablespoon of filling on one side of each circle of dough. Fold the dough over the filling, forming a half circle. Complete the rest of the dough.
Transfer onto prepared baking sheet. Crimp the edges and make 3 slits on the surface. Let sit for 30 minutes.
Bake for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven @ 190 C until golden brown.
Cool slightly and serve immediately.
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