Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Episode 109 - Punctually Festive

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I am a big giant Christmas keener.  I had originally intended to save the holiday decorating until after American Thanksgiving, but I had a few days off last week and I just couldn't wait anymore!  Dawson came home from work to a fully Christma-fied house!  Everything is red, gold and sparkly! Yes!

In any case, today's recipe is almost completely unrelated to Christmas, although when I asked Dawson how I could relate the two in some sort of quirky segue his response was "Well, the sauce was red and the crust was golden!".  Good one Daws!  Let's go with that!

Red and Gold Pizza Calzones
(serves 2)

2 personal-sized pizza doughs (we used this recipe)
1/2 cup of your favourite  pizza sauce (we used this recipe)
12 thin slices of spicy salami
1/2 cup spicy marinated eggplant
3/4 cup shredded mozarella cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Roll out your pizza dough as if you were just making 2 mini pizzas.  Top the dough with sauce, salami, eggplant and cheese leaving about 1/2 inch ring of crust naked around the outside of each one.  Next, carefully stretch and fold your topped dough into a half moon shape.  Press the edges together, trying to keep as much of the filling inside the moon as possible.  Seal your edges together by squishing them down with a fork.  Don't skip this step - Dawson did and his calzone was more like a taco...a calzaco!  Ok, now transfer the half moons onto a greased baking sheet, brush the tops with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.   Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until they're nice a golden.  Now eat!

While you eat your delicious pizza-like creation, check out this picture of my Christmas-y home!

Ooo glittery reindeer!
More Christmas-y photos to know, in December when they're actually appropriate!

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