A few years ago, my youngest son Mark (who is 11 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. 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 and since today was a VERY cold day in Chicago, we decided to spend a while in the kitchen making totally deluxe lunches.
Once we got started though, I read the recipe, and the dough had to rise for 1 1/2 hours! Whoops, I should have read that first, but after making a quick call to my sister, she said I could still make it and not worry about the rising part.
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
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!
Instead of making a calzone for me, I took half the dough and rolled it out into a 12 inch pizza.
I pre-baked the crust on a cookie sheet coated with Cooking Spray for about 5 minutes.
Then I added the pizza sauce, a few slices of bacon, (crumbled), sliced red onion and mozzarella cheese, then baked it at 375 for about 8 more minutes. Superb!!
I love making my own pizza!!
So, I am glad the Holiday’s are over, back to focusing on my weight loss journey continuing! I stepped on the scale for the first time in about 7 weeks, and I was unfortunately up, but it’s back to work, I’m not going to let that de-rail me!
What are your goals for 2010??