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CALZONES INSPIRED BY SEINFELD

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20 min

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9,026,079 views  George Costanza, to say the least, has a predilection for food. It instigates, interrupts, and defines his work, home, and sex life. It occupies his thoughts and daydreams, walks in tandem with his fantasies, and plays a vital role in both the pursuit of and vengeance exacted upon others. And, through its George Steinbrenner-ian provenance, provides a great excuse to make some calzones!

4 servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Dough

For the Dough

tepid water

360 ml tepid water

dry yeast

1 tsp dry yeast

plain white sugar

½ tsp plain white sugar

bread flour

600 g bread flour

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

Coarsely ground cornmeal

Coarsely ground cornmeal

For the Sauce

For the Sauce

28 can of San Marzano tomatoes

1 ounce 28 can of San Marzano tomatoes

small onion, chopped

0.5 small onion, chopped

garlic

2 cloves garlic

Dried oregano

Dried oregano

Dried basil

Dried basil

Crushed red pepper flake (Optional)

Crushed red pepper flake (Optional)

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

For the The Calzone

For the The Calzone

Fresh mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)

Fresh mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)

Eggplant

Eggplant

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

Olive oil

Olive oil

Ricotta cheese

Ricotta cheese

Pepperoni

Pepperoni

Coarsely ground cornmeal

Coarsely ground cornmeal

Full fat low moisture mozzarella cheese (shredded)

Full fat low moisture mozzarella cheese (shredded)

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Dough

1.

In a maxed-out oven, preheat two pizza stones or one pizza stone and one pizza steel at 550°F for one hour.

2.

Into the bowl of a stand mixer, add tepid water, dry yeast, and plain white sugar. Let it bloom for 10 minutes before adding bread flour to give the dough a hydration of about 60%. Next, add kosher salt and knead on medium speed for about 5 minutes.

tepid water

360 ml tepid water

dry yeast

1 tsp dry yeast

plain white sugar

½ tsp plain white sugar

bread flour

600 g bread flour

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

3.

Pre-divide the dough into your desired portions. Since we are making calzones, make sure that you are using a double portion of dough. Then, stretch each divided portion into a taut ball. The rounder and more taut the ball is, the easier everything will be later on. Place each portion of dough into individual well-oiled bowls, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 days.

4.

For cold fermented pizza dough, allow your pre-made dough to proof at room temperature for two hours. Start by generously flouring the dough as well as your work surface.

5.

Roll out the two ends of the dough and leave a sort of mound of unrolled dough in the middle, which you can then rotate and roll from the center. Pass the dough repeatedly over your knuckles until gravity stretches it out to about a 10-inch round.

6.

Prep your pizza peel by dusting it with a bit of coarsely ground cornmeal, which is going to allow the pizza to slide off into the oven with ease. Take care of any final shaping and stretching.

Coarsely ground cornmeal

Coarsely ground cornmeal

7.

For the Sauce

1.

Into a blender, add canned San Marzano tomatoes, small chopped onion, garlic, a few sprinkles each of dried oregano, dried basil, and crushed red pepper flake. Hit the mixture with one second pulses until it is relatively smooth. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

28 can of San Marzano tomatoes

1 ounce 28 can of San Marzano tomatoes

small onion, chopped

0.5 small onion, chopped

garlic

2 cloves garlic

Dried oregano

Dried oregano

Dried basil

Dried basil

Crushed red pepper flake (Optional)

Crushed red pepper flake (Optional)

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

2.

In a saucepan, add your pizza sauce as well as a little splash of water to prevent the sauce from getting too thick. On a stovetop, cook the sauce for about 30 minutes. Set aside for later.

For the Sauce

For the Sauce

tepid water

tepid water

3.

For the The Quick Cook Pizza

1.

On top of the pizza dough, add a few generous dollops of your tomato sauce and spread it almost all the way to the edges.

For the Sauce

For the Sauce

For the Dough

For the Dough

2.

After adding the sauce, add some finely sliced fresh mozzarella cheese. Place into the oven that has been preheating for an hour at 550°F. Because of this, the pizza will cook extremely quickly, so it should only need about 5 minutes in the oven.

Fresh mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)

Fresh mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)

3.

The pizza will appear to be very thin and flat with no blistering or bubbling, so the pizza should be almost cracker-like and it should be charred at the bottom.

4.

For the The Calzone

1.

Slice an eggplant and place the slices on a rack set and rimmed baking sheet and season both sides with some light sprinklings of kosher salt.

Eggplant

1 Eggplant

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

2.

After about 30 minutes, you will begin to notice that a brown liquid has materialized on top of the eggplant slices. Use a paper towel to dab the liquid off of both sides of the eggplant slices.

3.

Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and place the rack of eggplant slices on top. Season the slices with a little bit of freshly ground black pepper and a few healthy glugs of olive oil for flavor and coloring. Place in a 400°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the slices are nicely browned and soft. Set aside to cool off.

Olive oil

Olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

Eggplant

Eggplant

4.

Once the eggplant slices are cooled off, chop them into smaller pieces.

5.

To your cold fermented dough, add a generous amount of ricotta cheese and spread it out. Make sure to leave a 2 to 3 inch gap on the outside. Then, add some pepperonis as well as your chopped roasted eggplant slices. To top everything off, add some thinly sliced mozzarella cheese.

For the Dough

For the Dough

Ricotta cheese

Ricotta cheese

Pepperoni

Pepperoni

Eggplant

Eggplant

Fresh mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)

Fresh mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)

6.

Fold the dough over while trying to drape instead of stretch. Seal the dough shut and use a pizza cutter to trim off the excess dough. Pinch the edge shut to make sure that it is completely sealed and tuck in the calzone tips to make sure it will fit on the pizza peel.

7.

Dust the pizza peel with ground cornmeal and place the calzone on top and make any last minute adjustments. Make sure that the thicker part of the calzone is facing the hotter part of the oven.

Coarsely ground cornmeal

Coarsely ground cornmeal

8.

Place into the oven (after it has been maxed out and preheating for one hour) between the two pizza stones for 5 to 15 minutes. Once it is finished, immediately slice the calzone in half to prevent the steam from making the crust soggy from the inside out.

9.

To reduce the moisture inside of your calzone, line a sieve with four layers of cheesecloth and set into a bowl. Dump in your ricotta cheese, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and drain overnight. Alternatively, you could weigh everything down with something heavy and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Use shredded full fat low moisture mozzarella cheese, layer the other toppings, and fold using the same method as before. Place into the oven (after it has been maxed out and preheating for one hour) between the two pizza stones for 5 to 15 minutes. Once it is finished, immediately slice the calzone in half to prevent the steam from making the crust soggy from the inside out.

Full fat low moisture mozzarella cheese (shredded)

Full fat low moisture mozzarella cheese (shredded)

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