Roasted Fennel ‘Chorizo’ Calzone

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.

Serves 2/4

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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.

Squid ink Spaghetti with mussels

I’m always tempted by the black squid ink spaghetti you can always find in the deli section of TK Maxx but have resisted until now. To use it I adapted a recipe from Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite by Gizzi Erskine. Gizzi is a well-known chef in the UK who used to do this great TV series where they took people’s favourite take-away dishes and made them healthier and easy to make at home. Her recipe here uses clams and N’Duja. Clams are a pain to find except at the fishmonger so I got mussels instead. N’juda is a spicy sausage so I replaced this with chorizo shroomdogs. These are stuffed with paprika and are perfect for any recipe where chorizo is used to flavour the meal. As I learnt this weekend, there are many rules when it comes to using mussels, discard any broken mussels, any mussels that are open that don’t close with gentle pressure, and any mussels that haven’t opened after cooking.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 400g squid ink spaghetti
  • 1kg mussels
  • tbsp olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 4 chorizo shroomdog sausages (or vegetarian sausages + paprika)
  • 300ml wine white
  • 1 lemon
  • bunch parsley
  • salt and pepper

Method

1.) Prepare the mussels, wash off any sand, discard any with broken shells or that won’t close after a tap.

2.) Boil some water, place the spaghetti in a pan and pour over the water, cook until soft.

3.) Peel and finely chop the garlic, slice the lemon in half, cut the sausages into slices. Dice up the parsley.

4.) In a frying pan, heat up the oil then add the garlic and chilli and fry gently for a minute.

5.) Add the sausages and fry until cooked.

6.) Add the wine and reduce to half.

7.) Add the mussels and cook for 2-3 minutes until they open.

8.) Drain the spaghetti, retaining one tbsp of water. Tip the spaghetti into the frying pan and stir.

9.) Garnish with parsley.