This week I have been making freezer meals. Lots and lots of them! It has been fun to just make a bunch of meals on a day off and know that some day in the future I can sit back and relax but still eat a home cooked meal. When trying to figure out what freezer meals to make one of my friends suggested calzones. I thought this was a great idea! I love pizza but this is an easier way to freeze a pizza!
Feel free to use whatever toppings you want. This is a very basic recipe that can be changed and adapted to whatever your likings are.
Makes approximately 6-8 medium sized calzones
2 1/2 cups warm water
4 teaspoons instant yeast
tablespoon olive oil
4 teaspoons salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 lbs shredded mozzarella cheese
1 pkg pepperoni
1 jar pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
Make the dough the night before or early the morning on the day you
want to make the pizza. In a large mixing bowl (or in the bowl of a
stand mixer), mix the water, yeast, sugar, honey and oil. (If using
active dry yeast, increase the amount of yeast to 2 3/4 teaspoons and
proof the yeast in the water until foamy before mixing in the sugar,
honey and oil.) Then mix in 1 cup flour and the salt. Continue mixing in
all the remaining flour until you get a nice, soft dough. Knead until
dough is soft and smooth, about 10 minutes by hand or 5 minutes with a
Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl and
cover tightly (with a lid or plastic wrap). Place the dough in the
refrigerator to slowly rise until three hours before baking. Three hours
before baking, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it come
to room temperature, keeping it lightly covered.
The next day remove dough from fridge about an hour before using. After hour has passed separate dough into 6-8 equal sized pieces. Cover each piece and let rest for about 10 minutes. Using a nonstick mat or a lightly greased counter top, working one at a time, start flattening each piece of dough into a circle.Eventually
you’ll want it between six or eight inches in diameter. On the bottom half of the circle spread pizza sauce. Top with cheese and pepperoni (or desired toppings). Grab the top edge of the dough and fold over the toppings. You can stretch the dough if needed to cover entire toppings. Using the tines of a fork, press the edges of the calzone together until well sealed. Carefully lift and place each calzone on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.You should be able to fit about 3 moderate sized calzones on each baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 14-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Freezer meal instructions: After calzones are formed place on a baking sheet and place in freezer overnight. Once frozen you can remove from pan and place in zip lock bags and freeze until ready to use. The night before baking place frozen calzones on a greased or silpat lined pan in the fridge to thaw. On baking day take out of fridge 1 hr before baking to bring to room temperature. Once thawed bake as directed above.
Dough recipe source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe