Well, my kids survived their first day of school and no homework was issued, so that was nice! My husband and I had to go back to the high school for parent orientation, so a quick dinner was made so we wouldn’t be late for that. One thing that would be easy and quick is calzones. The pizza dough I got from my sister doesn’t have to rise, so you can throw it together quickly and roll it out. You can also just make a regular pizza out of the dough too.
A few years ago, my youngest son Mark (who is 12 now) went with me on a re-sale shop excursion. All three of my kids LOVE to go to resale shops with me and find good deals. As we were browsing through The Brown Elephant resale shop, Mark came up to me and had his purchase in his hand. For only $3.00 he held in his small hands a George Forman Grill! I said “Are you sure that’s how you want to spend your money?” He emphatically said yes!
Well, since then I think he’s used it just about every weekend and most days during the summer. I joke with him that when he goes to college, as long as he has his George Forman and Ramen Noodles, he’ll be set!
Fast forward to this fall when our local high school held a book fair. There were THOUSANDS of books that were under $2.00, so naturally I went to the cook book tables first. Mark came over and he had in his hands this cook book:
Of course we had to get it! Inside was a recipe for Calzone’s which looked super easy.
The dough is:
1/4 oz. of active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water
1 tsp. salt
1 TB sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil -(I only used 1 tablespoon and it was fine!)
2 cups all purpose flour
In a glass mixing cup, I added everything but the flour and stirred it around. In a mixing bowl using my dough hook, I placed the 2 cups of flour, then poured the moist ingredients in and mixed for about 3 minutes, or until the sides of the bowl were clean.
This is what the dough looked like. I cut this dough into 4 equal parts.
For each calzone, I just rolled it out as thin as I could. I used store bought pizza sauce, and deli salami and part skim mozzarella cheese. (In the George Forman Recipe, he added, green peppers and onion at this point, but Mark doesn’t like that!)
Place the ingredients on half the dough. Fold over and pinch the edges closed with a fork.
Place it on the GF grill which has been sprayed with Non stick cooking spray and cook 5-7 minutes or until browned and the inside is heated through.
It turned out surprisingly great!
And the best part is you can add whatever you have in your fridge, leftover veggies, or chicken, or taco meat, different kinds of cheeses…
Do you have a George Forman Grill and do you still use it??