What did we do last Saturday night? Make calzones and plant our spring veggies.
As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t eat a lot of dairy around here. I love it, but it doesn’t love me. Since I had a craving for pizza and I obviously can’t eat the cheese, I got creative. I decided to make calzones. Who knew they were so easy? I got the idea from Jamie Oliver’s old cooking show, “Oliver’s Twist.” (I watched all the episodes I could on Netflix after I had Silas.) One of the shows focused entirely on bread and he made calzones with grapes, sugar, and rosemary. I know sounds crazy, but I really want to try it. Well, since I didn’t have the grapes and really, I wanted pizza, I experimented with what I had on hand: frozen loaves, broccoli, and eggplant.
I let the dough rise until it look like this (It took about 2 to 3 hours outside. It was really warm on Saturday so I let it sit outside and it rose in half the time it normally takes. Otherwise, just follow the directions on the back of the bag). You could also use pizza dough.
Then I roasted 2 small heads of broccoli and one eggplant (both with olive oil, salt, and pepper) for 30 minutes at 425 until they were slightly browned.
Next I rolled out the dough (the little hand in the corner was my sous chef).
I divided it into four sections, added a bit of marinara and roasted veggies.
Then I gently pulled the dough over making a pocket.
I started twisting at one side and worked my way to the end.
On all four I had a tail so I chopped it off and made a mini one for Brooks. Then I brushed them with an egg-wash and put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 400.
While I was cooking, this was happening outside.
That little hand was Silas. They both were a little wired.
Now back to the calzones,
They came out perfect. Brooks was really excited.
Wow, these look delicious! I will definitely try this. But I may have to add some cheese 🙂 The boys are growing up so fast! They are as cute as ever.