Monday, 4 February 2013

'Whatever I had in my fridge' Calzone.

Today I got home from work, opened the fridge and let my culinary instinct take over.

It pretty much went like this: *sees left over pizza dough* - "hmm don't fancy pizza. What could I do instead? Flat breads? Nah. Hmm. Not sure. Err…CALZONE." (yes I talk to my fridge).

I stuck it in Google for inspiration and ended up taking Jamie Oliver's advice that anything could go in one very seriously. This is literally a once around my fridge concoction.

If your not a ridiculous food enthusiast and don't have a bread maker a pizza dough recipe can be found here -

Makes 4 Calzone.

1 Pizza Dough recipe
Either shop bought or homemade tomato sauce
1/2 a butternut squash, cubed
1 bulb of fennel
4 rashers of bacon
2 cloves of garlic
small bunch of parsley
1/2 a red chill
1/2 a bag of rocket
pinch of dried oregano
Cream Cheese

In a deep frying pan fry off the bacon and then throw in the squash.

After another few minutes sweat the garlic, oregano and chill in until fragrant, add the tomato sauce and a good glug of water.

While the squash softens roll out balls of dough into circles and spread the cream cheese on the dough leaving a 2 cm cheese free zone around the perimeter.

When the squash is soft  and the water has evaporated in the pan add the fennel (added late to retain crunch) parsley, rocket and season. Let the rocket wilt and then allow the mixture to cool.

 Spoon the mixture into your rolled out circles of dough and top with a healthy dose of Parmesan. Try and resist the temptation to over fill them.

Fold the dough over into semi circles and then crimp the edges (probably with more talent than I demonstrate here), sprinkle with Parmesan again and bake until golden and crisp (about 15 minutes).