Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Buffalo Chicken Calzones
I am a good girlfriend. A very good girlfriend. The Boy had noticed when a fellow friend in town tweeted about buffalo chicken calzones she made that were “fugly” (in her own words). He loves buffalo chicken and pizza (like most men), so of course this sparked his palate. Finally, one day before beginning a long night of work, I began a batch of homemade pizza dough. Later in the day when I could have been napping I whipped up these buffalo chicken calzones. Luckily they weren’t difficult to make, and I still had time for a little photoshoot before I left.
Now for the kicker. Why I’m such a great girlfriend. This makes two LARGE calzones. I could have taken one with me to work, and probably eaten it over the span of 2 nights. But I didn’t. I left BOTH of them for The Boy. See, I am good to him.
(But I did take a healthy bite out of one of them, how else could I properly review them for the blog?) These are great comfort food, especially manly comfort food. They were hot enough for my tastes, but of course “Fire Mouth” (The Boy) could have handled more heat. Fix this, and show your man how much you love him!
Buffalo Chicken Calzones with Bleu Cheese Dipping Sauce
from Food alla Puttanesca
1 lb pizza dough
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
2 tsp plus 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce, divided
3 tbsp butter
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup pizza sauce
1/3 cup bleu cheese, crumbled
1 cup sour cream
In a small bowl, mix together bleu cheese and sour cream, set aside.
Preheat oven to 450-degrees. Melt butter in a hot skillet and cook chicken thoroughly until opaque throughout and no pink remains.
In a bowl, mix together pizza sauce and 2 tsp hot pepper sauce; set aside.
When chicken is cooked through, reduce heat and add 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce, tossing to coat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Drain chicken if necessary.
Divide dough in half and roll out into circles. Place half of pizza sauce mixture, chicken, and mozzarella cheese into each calzone, close, and seal the edges by pinching the dough with a fork. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until dough is browned. Serve with bleu cheese dip.
And this time last year, I was breaking in my brand new Kitchen Aid mixer by making these Fantastical Fudgy (low fat!) Brownies. Yum… I need to make those again!