Tonight I fell in love with a pizza. Thankfully I have GamerMan so I don’t need to worry my brain with the logistics of bearing pizza-babies, or how messy our wedding might be – though that still is up for concern >.> or the social implications of having a food item for a husband…
Yes, I can be overly dramatic, but once you try this stuff you’ll be singing right along with me!
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Factoid 1: GamerGirl loves pizza.
Factoid 2: GamerMan loves tacos.
You know where I’m going with this and I know what you’re thinking, but honestly it’s not a bad combo! I’m not going to say it’s my favorite, but I’d cook it up next time GM and I can’t come to a consensus on dinner plans. Plus it’s a great way to clear out the fridge (that’s leftover ground turkey, olives, mushrooms, the half-used mozzarella, colby-jack, and week-old spaghetti sauce on our favorite dough)!
Pizza. There’s just something about that gooey cheese and crunchy crust that gets our tastebuds tingling, so when Annie told us about making your own pizza bites, we were intrigued.
And of course since I follow recipes about as well as any 3 year old, I wound up putting my own twist on these babies…
Mini calzones! Small in status, but epic in flavor. Srsly.
1 envelope of RapidRise yeast
1/4 teaspoon of sugar
3/4 cup of lukewarm water
1 3/4 cups of unbleached flour
1 tablespoon of garlic salt
Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Set aside 5-7 minutes. In the meantime, mix the flour and garlic salt in a separate bowl and heat the oven to 400F.
Add wet to dry, and combine with a knife until everything is incorporated and you have a neat ball. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes, adding more flour if the dough is sticky.
Pick off 1.5 inch balls of dough and set aside. Now is the time where you’d grab your favorite pizza ingredients and set everything out because we’re about to assembly-line these nomnoms!
Flatten each ball into a 4 inch long rectangle, place toppings of your choice on one end of the rectangle, and fold over the opposite side. Crimp the sides as you would a normal calzone, and place on a Pam’d baking sheet. Lightly oil the top of each mini and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until firm and oozing with cheese (what, we’re not all perfect!).
These are totally worth going AFK for. Just don’t tell your raid group what you’re up to…