Monday, 28 March 2011

For My Mom…Italian Calzone with Bell Pepper and Cottage Cheese Stuffing

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Hi!

The tiring  and hectic days finally seem to get over and as I started my new journey in my new job today, I feel ecstatic and a bit nervous too. Nevertheless, my mom wanted to carry some exotic bread from here before she left and sadly we could not make it to the market, so I treated her by making these beautiful Calzones. I packed a few for her so that once she reaches home she can just reheat and savour them.

I intended to post Italian recipes frequently and with that intention, last year I explained about  a few regions of Italy and there cooking style in my post Eggplant-Zucchini Lasagne in Tomato- Ricotta Cheese Sauce.  I did post a few recipes on Pasta but unfortunately did not make it to writing more about this cuisine.

In this post I will discuss the Puglia (Apulia) region and Basilicata. It is in south-eastern Italy and  is famous for the Calzones which are believed to be originated here. Mushrooms are abundantly found here and are always added to the local pizzas. The Apulians are also very fond of savoury breads made from pizza dough.

A calzone is like a folded over stuffed pizza. The circle of pizza dough is folded in half over the filling and then sealed. During baking the pizza dough swells and resembles a ‘stuffed stocking’, which is the literal translation of the word calzone. A traditional calzone is stuffed with tomato and mozzarella cheese but one surely has an independence to innovate their own stuffing, I’ve used cottage cheese and bell peppers in a tomato based sauce as my stuffing here.

The calzone can be a substantial snack and when combined with green salad and soup can make an easy dinner.

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Ingredients

For Pizza Dough

4 cups APF

1tsp. salt

1tsp. sugar

3tsp. active yeast

1-1/2 cups warm water

1tbsp. olive oil

For Stuffing

2 red onions chopped

2 tomatoes chopped

200gms cottage cheese cubed

1 green pepper finely chopped

1 red pepper finely chopped

3 garlic pods

1” piece ginger

2tsp oregano

1tsp basil

salt to taste

2tsp white pepper pwd.

1tsp. paprika

1tbsp. tomato ketch up

olive oil for cooking

also

100gms mozzarella cheese

and egg wash

Method for the Pizza Dough

Mix all ingredients in the food processor and knead a dough, grease it with oil and let it double in volume for about 30mins.

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Method for making the Stuffing

Heat a little oil and add crushed ginger-garlic to it followed by onions and sauté till transparent, tip in the tomatoes and mix salt, oregano and basil.

Mix tomato ketch up, cottage cheese and peppers and cook till done. Cook on high flame so that the juices dry up completely.

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Method of making Calzone

Divide the dough into 8-10 equal portions.

Take a portion and spread some APF on the floor and spread the dough using hand or roll using a rolling pin into a 4” disc of 4-5mm thickness.

Spread enough stuffing and also spread mozzarella cheese and fold the disc into a ‘D’ shape. Using a fork design the border. Apply an egg wash, pierce at 2-3 places using a fork, this prevents bursting of the calzone while baking.

Bake at 240C for 10-15mins.

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Serve hot.

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49 comments:

KomChili said...

looks very yum and mouthwatering!

Mina Joshi said...

What a delicious dish!! Love the recipe and will try it out soon. Your blog is looking great!! Love the photographs too.

sowmya's creative saga said...

they look delicious..and good luck with your job..

Prathibha said...

Good to hear that everything is back 2 routine..:)
so how is new job going on?
Love calzone..good snack or a whole meal by itself..looks yummmmm

Pari said...

Thanks Mina, I'm sure u would love it.
Prathy, had a long day today and came back only an hour ago. The first thing I did was change and enter the kitchen and get ready for tmrw :-). I saw ur post in food blogger andwill check it out in sometime.

Latha said...

Calzone looks awesome...

Jaisy James said...

looks so yummy

Ramya said...

Crunchy crust with cheesy filling....loving it already:-)
Bookmarked!!

Madhu said...

This reminds me of something Pari...shepherds pie? I dont know. Anyway, looks perfect.

Prathima Rao said...

Perfectly made calzones with delicious filling...No doubt ur mom thoroughly enjoyed them... :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Kairali sisters said...

Loved the filling and calzones looks soo soo appetizing!

Radhika said...

superb clicks Pari. Hope you settle down well.

Rachu said...

wow.. looks great.. dint know it was this easy.. a must try recipe..
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Raina said...

I love calzones and ate them often as a kid. Yours looks wonderful...love your filling. What a treat for your mom to eat when she gets home:)

Smitha said...

the calazone is perfectly done....looks very good!..
good luck for ur new job!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Pari
Your Italian preparation is amazingly tasty and delightful to look at. Must have tasted great as well.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Happy to hear that mom is doing fine...
Calzones looks so delightful and inviting...

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schmetterlingwords said...

Good to hear that your mom is getting well... And, congrtualtions on your new job too :-) Calzone looks so superb.. Have tasted only once, but a big one.. Yours is cute and I'm sure I can finish one easily.. :-)

Smita said...

loving this...going to try it soon :)

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

delicious filling and calazone looks so perfect !!! best of luck for ur new assignment !!

jeyashrisuresh said...

very new and interesting recipe. Hope ur mom enjoyed this

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Great to hear that ur mom is doing fine...congrats and All the best on starting ur new job...I love caLzone and when I first ate it reminded me of our gujiya...When I m in hurry I buy some store bought pizza dough and make gujiyas with it and mt family enjoys..as I m nt a sweet tooth I make some savory ones for me..with leftover pander tikkka or potato sabji r my fav..
This looks so mouthwatering n perfectly done..I m sure ur mom must hv enjoyed eating every bite of this delicious n flavorful caLzone..yumyum

Harika's Kitchen said...

Very interesting. This looks yummy and tasty. Will try this soon. The dough is really doubled in volume. So is ther any alternate instead of yeast. Pls let know.

Paaka Shaale said...

The calzones look delicious pari. This will be next in my "to try list".

savitha ramesh said...

Lovely looking calzones.Perfect for parties.

Ila said...

looks awesome and tempting :)

Vidhya said...

The Calzones look so delicious.Good to know that your Mom is back to normal.

Vimitha Anand said...

Yummy calzone... looks inviting....

Arundhuti said...

Very tempting..

Suman Singh said...

Calzone looks so yum and perfect..love the filling!

Priya said...

Glad to know that ur mom is doing well now,thanks god..

Calzone looks absolutely wonderful,great and inviting..

Raji said...

Lovely recipe...glad to hear about everything coming on track...all the best for your new job.

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

Amazing clicks .. Wonderfuil presentation...Yummy calzone

divya said...

Looks delicious...mouthwatering...thanks for sharing.

Torviewtoronto said...

colourful delicious looks wonderful

sonu said...

looks awesomely delicious..never had calzone ..but heard lot abt it..will surely try..thts wonderful news..good luck for ur job ..and for ur mom..im sure she will b perfectly fine soon !

sonu said...

looks awesomely delicious..thts gr8 ur mom is doing well now..and congrats for ur job !

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Very interesting recipe dear,luks delicious.loved ur clicks...

Valarmathy Siva said...

Looks cheesy and yummy!!!

I am here for first time, happy following you..

valar
http://valarskitchen-basics.blogspot.com/

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks very nice and good to see you back in routine posting yummy dishes!!

Nandini said...

They are so tempting and hot! So good!

Biny Anoop said...

i love dat ....great recipe..must surely taste gud..regards to ur mom

Renee said...

Mouthwatering! I love calzones and was first introduced to it by my american friend. Wanna try ur way soon. All the best on ur new job.

G.Pavani said...

mouthwatering recipe..

Sanjeeta kk said...

Best wishes for your new job. So thoughtful of you to make these lovely treats for your mom!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

THis is wonderful and wish to try it soonish!

Suchi said...

looks gorgeous! calzone my all time fav...

NIDHYA said...

Calzone looks super delicious.. love to try'em soon.

Aaha Oho

s2001 said...

mouthwatering !!!!!!!!1

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