Italian Baked Calzoni

One of my favorite Italian dishes is, without any doubt, pizza followed by any type of plain and stuffed bread.

I have made many different pizzas and breads in my life, but I never tried to make calzone at home. I am happy I did get myself to try last week.

I made 3 different fillings:

– one simple tomato and mozzarella

– one with black olives and tuna

– one with sardines

I could not make up my mind on which type I liked the most, in fact I ate them all and also finished off what my boyfriend had left behind.

Here is the recipe!

Ingredients (makes 6):

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 200 gr. tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tuna in olive oil
  • 1 sardine in olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • 1 tbsp black olives

Start by making the pizza dough. In a bowl combine the instant yeast, sugar and lukewarm water. Let it stand on your kitchen counter until it starts bubbling (about 5 min)

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In a bowl of your electric mixer combine flour and 1 tsp salt.

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Add the yeast mixture to the flour plus 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil and knead the dough (with the hook attachment or by hand) until it gets smooth and soft. Add more flour or water as needed

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Place the dough into a well greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for about 2 hours or until it doubles in size. Now place the dough into a zip lock bag and refrigerate it overnight.
If you can’t wait, just go ahead and use the dough right away.

Divide the dough into 6 small balls

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roll out each ball into a 10 cm circle. In 2 of these circles place 1 tbsp of tomato sauce, 1 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped fresh basil and a pitch of salt. Fold in half and sealed the edges.

In other 2 circles place (in each) 1 tbsp of tomato sauce, 1 tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 tbsp of tuna, some sliced black olives, chopped basil and a pitch of salt. Fold in half and seal the edges

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In the remaining 2 circles place 1 tbsp of tomato sauce, minced sardine, 1 tbsp of shredded mozzarella, chopped fresh basil and a pitch of salt. Fold in half and sealed the edges.

Place your calzoni on a baking tray, that you have previously covered with parchment paper, drizzle some olive oil on top of your calzoni and bake in preheated oven at 250 C for about 20 min or until they have  a nice golden-brown color.

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Remove from the oven and let them cool down on a wire rack

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Serve

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Love

– LittleDani

Note: Sardine in extra virgin olive oil, tuna, tomato sauce and extra virgin olive oil have all been kindly provided by AlceNero

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An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.