Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Simple and satisfying

Chicken Olive Calzones
Better Homes and Gardens Chicken Cooking For Today Copyright 19993

1 ½ cups chopped cooked chicken (8 ounces)
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup chopped celery
¼ cup chopped pitted ripe olives
½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed
¼ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup soft-style cream cheese with chives and onions
1 10-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon water
grated Parmesan cheese, optional
spaghetti sauce, optional

For filling, in a medium bowl combine chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, celery, ripe olives, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir in soft-style cream cheese. Set aside.

For calzones, unroll pizza dough. On lightly floured surface roll dough into 1 15x10-inch rectangle. Cut into six 5-inch squares. Divide chicken-olive mixture among the squares. Brush edges with water. Lift one corner and stretch dough over to the opposite corner. Seal edges of dough well with tines of fork. Arrange calzones on a greased baking sheet. Prick tops with a fork. In small bowl combine egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush over the calzones. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Bake in 425 degrees oven for 10 to 12 minutes or till golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with heated spaghetti sauce, if desired.

Makes 6 calzones. Per serving: 268 cal, 18 g pro, 19 g carbs, 13 g fat, 90 mg chol, 320 mg sodium, 198 mg potassium

These calzones were so easy to prepare and I'm already imagining all of the variations I'll be making in the future.

I used my new favorite jarred sauce with these, Alessio's. It's nice to be able to grab a good jarred sauce off the shelf in a pinch ( and it's not as expensive in the grocery store as it is on that site). I love that I could have made it myself - every ingredient is recognizable. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have the 'gift' to make good red sauce.

Blast From The Past: Deep Dish Chili Pie from February 2006. This is one of my husband's favorites and it also uses refrigerated pizza dough.

Question of the Day: Do you cook anything out of a tube (breads, crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls, etc)?


MommyProf said...

Yes. I've ever entered the Pillsbury Bake Off twice.

Sarah - The Home Cook said...

Aren't calzones great? I've been spicing up Pizza Fridays by making calzones instead and we've really enjoyed them. They are so versitle.

I use flaky biscuits from a tube for my Beefed Up Biscuits, which I made last night. And at Christmas we use breadsticks to make dill-flavored candy-canes.

Anonymous said...

Love biscuits from a tube...taste much better than the hockey pucks I seem to get when I try to bake my own! Those Calzones sound yummy and easy to make.

Sara said...

Paula, those look gooooood. I might make those for dinner.
I like to use the pizza dough in a tube.

Anonymous said...

Those look so good.
I make Monkey Bread using the pillsbury biscuits sometimes. I also buy the canned cinnamon rolls for weekday breakfasts! Yummy!