Saturday, March 26, 2011

A day off, part 3: Chicken Artichoke Pesto Calzones

I almost didn't make these tonight because we went shopping early evening and by the time we got back, I knew we wouldn't eat until 9 o' clock since I had to make the dough from scratch still. But they just sounded so yummy and I was craving them all day, so we had a late supper. :) But it was so worth it! I highly recommend these...they are a bit of work since the dough takes at least an hour to rise, but if you make the dough ahead of time it would not be that time consuming! They were delicious though...


1/2 batch perfect pizza crust dough, at room temperature
Basil Pesto
Grilled chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
Canned artichokes, drained and coarsely chopped
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Olive oil, for brushing

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Place a pizza stone in the oven and allow it to heat up, at least 30 minutes. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the pizza dough into two (or more) equal pieces. Stretch or roll out each piece into a circle, about 7-8 inches in diameter. On one half of each dough round, spread a layer of pesto, leaving a half-inch border around the edge. Top with grilled chicken pieces and artichokes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Fold the other half of the dough over to cover the toppings and form a semi-circle. Press the free edges of dough together to seal the filling inside. Carefully transfer the finished calzones to the preheated pizza stone. Brush the tops lightly with olive oil. Bake until golden brown, about 13-15 minutes.

Source: Annie's Eats

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