Homemade Calzone From Starter

I make pizzas, calzones, and strombolis relatively often. I try to improve the recipe every time I make it. I will admit, adding sauce to the calzone not only makes the dish messier to make, but it also leaves the bottom crust soggy. However, this calzone is juicy compared to my stromboli recipe. I have to admit I’m torn which is better.

I stuffed my calzone with diced ham and one small/medium onion I pulsed in a food processor. I added the onion raw and it cooked slightly during the process but still have the overwhelming onion flavor. Besides that, using this homemade starter had begun to give everything the sour dough taste I make with it, and it’s not working as efficiently as active dried yeast would work. I also used leftover spaghetti sauce instead of my usual homemade pizza sauce, but I would definitely just use the pizza sauce next time, just because the sauce I used had a cheesy flavor that didn’t compliment the dish. The sour flavor of the bread with the onion and the cheesy flavor in my sauce made this dish very weird to eat. I would recommend using no additional parmasean in this dish, and eliminating the onion if you plan to use this starter, just because it’s so much bitter flavor. If you use normal yeast, ham and onion are a great combination.

  1. Into a bowl, add 1 cup of starter dough, 1 1/2 Tbsp oil, and 2 cups flour. Mix into a dough adding additional water as needed. Then let rest covered about 1 hour, it will only rise slightly. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Punch down dough, remove from bowl, and roll out dough into round about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. It should have a diameter of 16-20 inches.
  3. Spray your baking sheet with non stick spray, if applicable, and place your dough on top.
  4. To make pizza sauce, open a small can (8 oz) of tomato sauce and add 1 Tbsp of garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp of onion salt, 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning, and 1 Tbsp oregano.
  5. Top dough with tomato sauce, 8 oz of mozzarella, and other toppings over the entire top of the dough. Fold the dough in half and pinch the edges together and rolling them in. Add slits on top with a knife to allow steam to escape. Bake for 20 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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