Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Chicken Cacciatore-ish Calzone

I know - another recipe post, complete with crap photos - but tonight we had this for dinner and it was SOSOSOSOSOSO good, I had to share.

Earlier, I hatched upon a plot to cook the chicken I had thawed into - something.  I searched for inspiration in my trusty Google search bar.

Google gave me half an idea, and then another half of an idea and then another half an idea and then a drift across a few non-related bits and bobs - and eventually, with about 5 tabs open, I decided to pick apart bits and pieces from here and there and just make something up - as you do.

  • Easy Pizza Dough - I found this recipe from All She Cooks in my quest and used it.  I have put a link because I don't believe in stealing.  You will need flour, sugar, yeast, salt, oil and warm water to make it, and really it is just smink* it up and let it rest.
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp butter **
  • 400g chicken thigh fillets
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup passata - I made some a few weeks ago (from all of my tomatoes) using Rhubarb Whine's recipe in the link
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • frozen veges
  • grilled eggplant
  • oven-dried tomatoes
  • olives
  • chillies
  • About a cup of grated cheese - I used some Colby and some Parmesan because that is what I had
I first made the dough - and then went about my life for an hour or so.  As I had used fairly old yeast and fairly unscientific hot water, I figured it would need time.

I put the pizza stones in a cold oven and then switched it on to about 200-220 (hot)
I then chopped the onion and garlic, and got it all soft and translucent in some butter - mmmmm.

 The old yeast that I used meant that my dough took a long, long time to "double"!

I chopped the tomatoes and thigh fillets and added them with the passata into my pot.

I then split it into two pots - one for the kids with some herbs and frozen veges, and one for us with all the deli goodness that I could find.

Stir in the cheese.  
Punch down the dough.  
I cut the dough into about a dozen littler bits, rolled them out (with the "assistance" of a 3 year old...) and made a variety of shapes and styles with my calzones.

I cooked them in a hot oven on pizza stones until - well, until cooked.

I had leftover filling, so made a quick pasta for lunches tomorrow.

* My brother couldn't say "mix" when he was a tyke and it stuck.  It is still in use 40 years later!

** because I STILL haven't been shopping for the olive oil

So - what was for dinner at YOUR house? 

And do you have any handy pizza stone hints for me?


Kelly said...

I enjoy recipe posts (and the photos aren't crap in my book - as evidenced by those at my blog!) and this looks yummy!!

Seems like I had a pizza stone of sorts years ago, but I can't remember ever using it! So, I guess I'd have to just use a cookie sheet....and, of course, I'd tweak it a little here and there to suit my own taste. (isn't that what we always do?)

Krista said...

This sounds so delicious and savory. :-) Dinner last night was sushi after a loooooong day in town. Tonight it will be lemon garlic roast chicken with potatoes and carrots. Mmm. :-)

jeanie said...

Kelly - absolutely - tweak away! This was such a hit with everyone that I have a feeling even leftovers will get the Calzone treatment for a few weeks!

Krista - we love sushi here too. Do you have a Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken recipe link? I had a flatmate who used to do Lemon Garlic Roast Lamb a treat.

Unknown said...

Thanks for linking to my pizza dough recipe. We use it at least a couple times a month in my house. Your Calzones look amazing! Love the filling.

Pearl said...



p.s. And I love when people say things like "complete with crap photos". :-) No one says that around here, and I always think, "well, why not?!"

It looks delish. (And no helpful hints over here -- I don't think I've ever used a stone!)

jeanie said...

Jessica - thank YOU for the dough recipe (I found it via your calzone recipe) - I think it may get some high rotation here.

Pearl - I have a feeling that there is more than mere manners that stand between your "around here" and mine.

Grace said...

Oh YUM!!! This looks soooo tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Off to bookmark! :)

Brenda Janschek said...

I was wondering whether or not to get a pizza stone recently, when I asked around the answer was mostly not to bother - burnt hands etc Now I'm not so sure!

jeanie said...

Grace - thank you for popping by to visit!

Brenda - They don't take much storage space and they do give lovely results BUT they can also be a pain in the nether regions and are not completely necessary to sustain life. We have two.