Cheesy Whole Wheat Vegetable Calzones
Creamy, cheesey vegetable filling inside a whole wheat bread
Calzone Dough Ingredients:
1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 to 3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon dry yeast
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons dried onions
1/3 cup pizza sauce
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing (creamy or regular)
1 large head of broccoli (about 7 ounces)
1 large carrot, finely shredded
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1. Prepare whole wheat calzone dough by putting ingredients (in order listed) into a large bowl (or bread machine), using about 2 cups of the flour. Stir to combine; continue adding flour and knead mixture with hands to make a smooth, elastic dough. Knead 5 minutes. Let dough rest while you prepare the filling.
2. Begin preparing the filling by chopping the broccoli into florets. Place broccoli into a sauce pan with minimal water. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook 2-3 minutes, until broccoli is just starting to get tender and change color. Drain well.
3. In a large bowl, mix filling ingredients in order listed.
4. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Pat or roll each piece into a 7-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.
5. Top half of each circle with about 3/4 cup of the filling mixture, spreading to within one inch of the edge. Fold dough over filling and crimp edges to seal, leaving a half-circle.
6. Place calzones on greased cookie sheets or jelly roll pans. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake at 375 degrees until bread is cooked and filling is hot, about 25-30 minutes. Cover loosely with foil part way through baking if calzones start to brown too quickly.
These calzones are so tasty! They do take a little bit of effort to make (using a kitchen aid or bread machine to knead the dough makes them quicker though!) but they're healthy and delicious. They're a little fancy, and fun to eat.
The whole wheat dough goes perfectly with the vegetable mixture. Even if you don't usually use (or like) 100% whole wheat, it's great with this recipe! My husband guessed that there was some whole wheat flour in the dough, but he was surprised when I said it was 100% whole wheat flour!
My rating :10/10