A calzone means “trouser” or “trouser leg” in Italian , Strange but it is basically just a turnover of a pizza which can be made small as appetizers for two people or in large proportions as a meal for several people . It originates from Naples , ,a big city in southern Italy which is renowned for its distinctive style of the now “famous” thin-crust pizza. Calzones are sometimes known as hot pockets and they can be baked or fried. A typical calzone contains the same fillings you would add on a pizza but in this recipe , I’ve changed things up by making my own version of a sausage filling for more flavor. The dough recipe for the calzone and pizza are same ( YESSS) . And the best part , you can throw in your calzone in the freezer as long as you like and just pull it out whenever you need to make a quick and yummy dinner or breakfast 😉
WHAT YOU NEED: ( serves 6 people)
For the dough:
- 1 packet instant dry yeast = 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- One egg beaten for coating
For the filling:
- 2 onion chopped
- 1 tomato
- Grated mozzarella cheese
- 6 tablespoons of tomato sauce
- Salt as required
- Oregano flakes for seasoning
- 2 packets of hot dogs or sausage
- 2 teaspoon of Chili powder (as required) I like it spicy !
- A pinch of Coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
- 2 green chili
And here is the pictorial …..
For the dough
Mix the yeast , oil ,water and milk together and allow it to rest for about 5 mins. Then add the flour and mix. I used a stand mixer.
Once the dough is thoroughly mixed , Wrap it with a wet cloth or I just like to wrap it with aluminum foil , works the same !
And for the filling…
Add in the tomatoes and green chili and cook for a minute . Add the ginger garlic and coriander powder on a low flame so you don’t burn off the spices. Cook for 2 minutes. To this add the boiled and chopped sausages.
To close the pocket , mix in some flour and water to make a thick paste and apply to the seams to stick them together. You can also crimp the sides with a fork to seal and make it look a little more attractive.
Brush the dough with water before putting in the oven as this will prevent the top from becoming hard. I do this with every dough product . It really keeps the buns , and pastry soft ! Bake at 230 Celsius for 15 mins .
After the first 15 mins in the oven , pull it out and give it a coating of egg to give it a nice golden baked look. I also threw on some sesame seeds. Loove them ! Bake it for 5 more mins and you’re calzone is DONE !
The whole recipe just takes about 30 mins including the preparation time. So easy to make and so delicious ! Enjoy your calzone hot hot with some ketchup. This recipe serves 6 people. You can halve the recipe for a smaller group or double it for a larger group . Do try and let me know in the comments below !
THANK YOU SO MUCH ,