Budget Stretcher: Leftover Makeover - Calzone
As I shared with Louise last week, freezing cottage cheese works just fine. The water in the cheese freezes and when you thaw, the curds of cheese are a little dryer than when fresh. I like this dryer cheese to use in Lasagna and Calzone because it isn't watery.
Now this time I didn't photo the process, just the baked end product, so I can't show you step by step how I did this, but I can tell you:
1 batch pizza dough (I made my own)
1 cup leftover meat sauce
1 cup 'dry' cottage cheese (you could drain well in a sieve if you don't want to freeze and thaw)
Pepperoni, salami, peppers, olives, mushrooms, onions, etc. (optional)
Cut pizza dough into tennis ball sized portions and stretch to form a sort of circle. Just shy of the center of the dough, put a spoonful or two of spaghetti sauce, a couple of spoonfuls of cottage cheese, some of the each of the cheeses, and any other ingredients you want to include. You want this to mound up in that off center area and keep the ingredients well away from the edges.
Fold one side over the mound of filling and then roll and crimp the edges together. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and repeat with remaining dough and filling. My batch of sauce made up about 8 Calzone.
To bake and eat, heat oven to 400F and bake about 20 minutes.
To par-bake for freezing, bake at 350F for about 10 minutes. The dough will be just slightly firm/dry to touch, and not sticky, but still very tender and the Calzone will be very pale. Cool on rack and place in freezer (on rack or cookie sheet) until frozen, then bag. To serve: Thaw about 1 hour or so. Heat oven to 400F, bake about 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
I made seven big Calzone and put a medium pizza's worth of dough into the freezer that was leftover. Not sure how that's going to work out but we'll see.