Month: November 2008

Holiday Baking Plans

Holiday Baking Plans

Baking large loads of goodies is one of my favorite aspects of the holiday season, and despite the fact that I’ll be renovating and moving into my new house, this year will be no different! It might just mean that the food preparation will have […]

Oh, internets

Oh, internets

One of the downfalls of having the word “piss” in the title of your blog is having to see what search strings people were using when they came across it: Now, I’m perfectly aware that there are genres of porn that involve peeing, and I’m […]

Gmail

Gmail

How much do I love the new theme function of Gmail?

A LOT.

Holiday Wishlist 2008

Holiday Wishlist 2008

The holiday season is almost upon us, and this year it is going to be an exceedingly busy one for me and my loved ones. I took the Handmade Pledge this year, so most, if not all, of the gifts that I’ll be giving this […]

Grilled calzones

Grilled calzones

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Kevin and I are big calzone fans. There’s a restaurant in town (Sam’s Pizza, for those of you from or visiting Iowa City) that has a great meal deal where you can get two 2-topping calzones for $11.99, and we probably order it once a week when we’re in lazy, eating-out moods. When we’re being better about actually cooking our own meals, we like making them ourselves, too.

We’ve also both been semi-obsessed with the idea of grilling pizza and pizza-type foods ever since we started grilling in earnest a year ago last summer. We always want to attempt it, but we’re paralyzed with the fear that the food will be ruined and we won’t have anything else to replace it for the meal that night. At one point, we brought home a Papa Murphy’s pizza and grilled it while it was still on the paper backing, but it didn’t cook all the way and we had to finish it in the oven anyway.

A few weeks ago, after we both had a couple of beers in us after cleaning all day Sunday, we decided to make calzones and just go for it, since it was warm outside. The picture above was the result. I made up the dough from the following recipe, which I love for the fact that you don’t have to allow it much rising time:

1 0.25oz package of yeast (or 2.25 tsps)
1 cup warm water
2.5 cups flour
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
Combine yeast and water in a bowl, stirring until dissolved. Add sugar to mix, stirring until dissolved. Sift flour and salt into yeast mixture, combine until you’re left with a dough ball; coat with oil. Cover bowl with saran wrap, let rise as long as you want.

I split the dough batch into two balls, rolled them out, and filled one for each of us. Mine contained cheese and onions (no mushrooms, which I mistakenly thought I had). His contained everything but the kitchen sink: onions, jalapenos, pineapple, cheese, sauerkraut. Gross. Anyway, we laid the calzones on top of foil on top of our pizza peel, and took them out to the grill and tossed them on, foil and all. We coated the tops with olive oil and turned them over mid-baking. Afterwards, they were delicious and smokey. One thing I would do differently is that I’d coat the foil with oil before laying the ‘zones on top, so that they wouldn’t stick while cooking. Otherwise, I’d do it again in a second.

Yum!