Calzone is a folded over pizza and it’s hard to find the origins other than it being from Naples but I believe it was was created to be an efficient street/workers food, much like a British pork pie. Like pizza, the filling list is endless but I’m pretty pleased with this roasted fennel, mozzarella and chorizo shroomdog combo (I got the sausages from Sainsburys but any veggie sausage plus smoked paprika will do) adapted from Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite. This could serve 2 as a heavier meal or 4 with a side salad.
- 2 large fennel bulbs
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 4 chorizo shroomdog sausages
- 250g mozzarella
- pinch fennel seeds
- pinch chilli flakes
- 200g pizza sauce
- salt and pepper
- 300g white bread flour
- 7g fast action yeast
- 300ml tepid water
1.) Preheat the oven as far as it will go (around 220 degrees C or more)
2.) Finely slice the fennel and place in a baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp oil and season with salt and pepper
3.) Roast for 20 minutes, turn the fennel over after 10. Set aside.
4.) Make the dough. Measure out 300ml tepid water and add the yeast. Let it brew for at least 10 minutes. In another large bowl, measure out the flour. Add the liquid to the yeast and mix it up and knead to form a smooth dough. Oil the large bowl and place the dough back in there. Cover the bowl with cling film and let it rise for 2 hours.
5.) Slice up the sausages and fry in a frying pan with a tbsp oil. Slice up the mozzarella and set aside.
6.) Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C
7.) Knock back the dough. Divide the dough into half then lightly dust your work surface with flour. Roll the half into a ball then roll out with a rolling pin to a thin circle (as best you can).
8.) Spread out half the pizza sauce, sprinkle with half the chilli flakes and fennel seeds, sprinkle one half of the dough with half of the roasted fennel, half of the sausages and half of the mozzarella.
9.) Fold over the half of the calzone without the mozzarella and crimp the edges together to seal. Place on a pizza baking tray.
10.) Repeat with the rest of the dough and ingredients.
11.) Bake for 10 minutes.