Monday, September 12, 2011

What Ever You Call Them ...Mini Calzones? Stuffed Bread?

Whatever you may call these, they are delicious. They make a great lunch alternative or snack treat. And if your really ambitious, you can make them smaller for appetizers. For the filling: for one I did taco seasoned beef with shredded cheddar cheese. And for the second: I used pepperoni, sauce, and mozzarella cheese. You can really put anything into them that you like such as lunch meat, cooked chicken/broccoli or just cheese. For the dough: I used the Pizza dough recipe from the "Martha Stewart Baking Book". It is a very easy dough, and I like the fact that you make it in a food processor.

Pizza Dough Recipe :Makes two round pizzas, 12 to 14 inches in diameter
1 cup warm water (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
2 3/4 cups to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 T. Olive Oil

**Pour warm water into a small bowl. Add sugar, and sprinkle in yeast. Using a fork, stir the mixture until yeast is dissolved and water has turned a tan color. Let yeast stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

**In a food processor, use blade to combine the 2 3/4 cups flour and salt, and pulse three to four times. Add yeast mixture and 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Pulse until the dough comes together, adding more flour as needed until dough is smooth, not tacky, when squeezed. Transfer to clean surface; knead four or five turns, then shape into a ball. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

I then take each ball and divide it into 8 pieces each. Then cover and let stand again for another 30 to 40 minutes.

While the dough is rising I fry up my lean ground beef with chopped onions, and then add taco seasoning, such as those that come in the small packets in the grocery store 2/$1. Then I allow it to cool.

I then, flatten each ball, so that I can place the filling in the middle.

For the pepperoni, I place them down first , then add cheese and sauce. For the beef, I put down a good spoonful, then place cheese on top. I then fold all the sides in, and press together the seams. Then place the now filled balls, seam side down, on a parchment papered sheetpan.

At this point, you can add any toppers like: poppy seed, sesame seed, or soaked dried onion. You will need to brush each with water before sprinkling it on. Then bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. They will be just a real light golden color. Let them cool and then wrap them separately.

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