Friday, January 15, 2010

CASUAL FRIDAY DINNER-MINI CALZONES


I won't even attempt to try and convince you that these delectable mini calzones are part of my healthy New Years eating plan-but everyone needs a indulgance and if I'm going to cheat a little, all the better with these yummy treats.  This is an especially fun recipe to make with friends--everyone can choose their favorite ingredients and make their own personal calzone.  Serve lots of wine and you have an instant party!

My first shortcut is to buy pizza dough from the local pizza parlor, which takes the bulk of the work out of this recipe. 

I placed all my fillings into little bowls--we used Italian olives, sauteed scallions (delicious), mozzarella, ricotta, ham, proscuitto, tomato sauce, capers and roasted red peppers, but don't stop there--add your own favorite ingredients.


Cut the pizza dough into 8 pieces and roll out each piece on a board dusted with flour. Add the toppings to the middle of the dough but don't overdo it or you won't be able to close the dough.

Once filled, fold the dough in half and pinch the sides closed.

In a frying pan, add about a 1/4 inch of canola oil and heat on medium high.  Add calzones, a few at a time, and fry until golden, about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Drain on a paper towel and serve hot
 
My favorite is on top--sauteed scallions, capers, tomato sauce and ricotta cheese-delicious!

5 comments:

annechovie said...

These look scrumptious! Thank you so much for your visit and comment today - I hope you will return often. Have a great weekend, Barbara!

Anonymous said...

what a great idea. I am going to try this on Saturday HH. THX

SogniSorrisi said...

Yummy. I'm simple about the ones I make - usually just mozzarella and sauce, but your's look delicious.

Tamara Matthews-Stephenson said...

Hi Barbara, I found your site - so pretty and makes me miss summer-hope you can stop by my blog as well at Nest by Tamara -http://nestnestnest.blogspot.com It's been a long time since MAPDS and hope you are all well. xo tamara stephenson

red ticking said...

barbara... i see a great cookbook in your future... and i will be in line wanting an autograph! xx