Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pizza balls

I make a killer calzone. Really, my family loves it more than pizza. I put meatballs, pepperoni, and tons of cheese. Homemade dough. No sauce inside or vegetables. The reason is it makes the calzones soggy when you reheat. Last night I took a break from making the traditional calzone and made them into pizza balls instead. They bake in a pie plate and sprinkled with seasoings and cheese. With this, there is marinara and ranch to dip these bad boys in. I was able to make two platefulls and passed one to my neighbors.

Pizza Dough:
3 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 TBSP sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp SAF instant yeast
1 TBSP oil (canola was what I have on hand)
2 TBSP plain yogurt (very warm too)
1 cup very warm milk

cheddar cheese
mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese

butter or olive oil
Italian seasoning
Parmesan cheese

Place all dry ingredients in Kitchen-Aid mixer. Add oil. Place milk and yogurt in microwave safe glass and microwave 1 min and 30 sec. Pour over dry ingredients slowly while mixer is going with hook attachment. Mix for about 3-5 minutes. Scrape the sides and spray with Pam. Cover with towel and allow to sit in a draft-free area for 40 minutes or doubled.

Once the dough has doubled, punch down and pinch off about 1/2 cup size balls. Roll out and add whatever filling you'd like. Pinch sides together to form a ball. Place in greased pie pan with seam sides down. You get seven balls. Add a thin layer of butter or olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Cover and allow to proof for 30 minutes. Bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes.

Serve with sauces.

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