If you don’t own a bread machine RUN don’t walk to the store and buy one!! Look at what you can be eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I am convinced now that it is a necessary kitchen tool even though it is not shiny. Unless of course you are lucky enough to find a stainless-steel one -OMG!…… kerplunk…….. I just fainted!!
I have had a bread machine for quite some time and only recently have begun a full blown love affair with it. I keep glancing over at it with a twinkle in my eye, wondering when our next rendezvous will be. Already today, I am planning another little get together!
Last night we made these Calzone Roll-Ups! Our love child, if you will. Are they not beautiful creatures? I just stuffed everything I could think of (Italian stuff) into them and wowza! They were delicious and sooooooo easy! Served up with a bowl of soup and presto, dinner! Use this calzone recipe as a starting point then add or subtract any ingredient to make them the way you prefer, they will taste great!
I do believe my bread machine and I are becoming an item and why not? There are so many more exciting things we can get up to -stay tuned!
Ingredients for the Dough:
2 cups water @ 110-115 degrees
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
5 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ingredients for the Filling:
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil for sauteing
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 chopped bell pepper -red or yellow
1 cup fresh spinach
2 cloves garlic -chopped fine or pressed
1/4 cup chopped mild Italian sweet peppers
1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced olives
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
If your drinking red wine, go ahead and add a splash!
1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or a handful of fresh torn basil leaves
1/2- 1 teaspoon dried mixed Italian herbs
2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (omit for a vegetarian option)
To Make Dough: Place flour, salt and oil in the pan of the bread machine. In a medium sized bowl add sugar and warm water and stir to dissolve sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top of water and let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast becomes foamy. Once yeast is ready tip it into the bread machine pan and select dough cycle.
Meanwhile, in a pan brown onion, mushrooms and bell peppers in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil until softened, then toss in spinach to wilt. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute -do not let garlic burn. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, sun dried tomatoes, olives, sweet peppers, wine, S & P, and herbs and cook on low for 5-10 minutes. Thin with a little water if needed to make a thick sauce.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
After dough cycle is completed, roll dough on a lightly floured surface into a 16 inch by 10 inch rectangle. Spread sauce mixture evenly over dough and top with the cheese. Begin rolling dough into a log shape starting at the 16 inch side nearest you. Slice dough into 2 inch portions and place slices cut side down into a lightly greased large size muffin tin. Brush tops with melted butter or olive oil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes, then serve.