Thursday, April 23, 2009

Panzarotti meets Calzone and Artichoke Caponata

While I don't think this recipe counts as either of these (panzarotti or calzone), it's a close representation. What's more important is how good these are to eat.

The following recipe was made by my husband on April 22nd 2009. Not only was it Earth day but it was also a historic day in our kitchen.

Ingredients & Prep:
Makes about 6-7 pieces

  • 1 bag fresh pizza dough from your local deli (enough to make one 12" pizza)
  • Fillings of your choice: we used sliced turkey deli meat, red pepper and mozzarella
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare your dough as though you were making a rectangular pizza. Dust with flour so things don't stick. Once in the rectangular shape, slice it right down the centre (the long way) to make two long rectangular halves. Now, take a knife and score the dough in triangular shapes (think of the way a Pillsbury crescent roll looks before you roll it up). once the shapes look good, cut them with a pizza knife. Fill each triangle with your fillings and roll as you would a crescent roll. Use the egg wash to seal each pocket and then brush all over (it gives them a golden colour once baked). Repeat until the rest of the dough and filling is used.

Put in the oven on a pizza pan preferably one that has holes to get more even baking. I use parchment (cut in a circle to fit your pan) underneath the pockets to avoid any mess.

Bake for approximately 18-19 minutes.

Serve with dipping sauce of your choice (basic tomato or pizza sauce, garlic cream sauce etc.) Last night, I made a very quick, cheat's version of an artichoke caponata which was really great with the pockets. I suggest trying this one if you like artichokes. The recipe below is from memory and since I do not measure when I am doing something by taste it is an approximation.

Ingredients & Prep:
  • 1 can Artichokes (quarters)
  • 1/3 cup or so Olive oil,
  • 1/4 cup or so Parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ tsps Capers
  • ½ tsp Garlic, minced
  • Salt, small amount (if to taste, otherwise skip this)
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and whiz until everything is incorporated. You can make it as chunky as you like. This is a great dip for crackers or veggies as well. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Joelen said...

This looks fantastic and delicious, perfect for company too!