Time to use some of the pizza dough in the fridge. I think because we used sour dough starter in it, the dough just got better with time! Seriously though, this pizza dough has me contemplating making a batch every weekend to use throughout the week. But anyway, we decided to use some of the delicious dough to make a calzone. When talking about ingredients, my husband wanted to make one filled with chicken, cheese, and lots of hot sauce. I took his idea, and then inverted it.
RECIPE: Inverted How Wing Calzone
Makes 2-3 Servings
Oven Heated to 475 Degrees
Cast iron pans
Jar or Bowl
4 oz Mozzarella Cheese
3 Cloves garlic
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs
Apple Cider Vinegar
1) In a food processor, cut up the onion into tiny pieces. Add to a warm pan on the stove.
2) Use the food processor to dice up 1 large carrots and 3-4 stalks of celery. Add them to the onion on the stove.
3) Stir and cook until soft.
4) Slice up the mozzarella and dice the garlic cloves. Put both to the side.
5) In a hot cast iron pan, add some garlic oil and sear the chicken thighs on each side.
6) Remove the partially cooked thighs, cut them into smaller chunks and return them to the cast iron pan.
7) In a jar or bowl, make some homemade ranch dressing. Start with a largish scoop of mayo. Heavily season it with with garlic powder, onion powder, and lots of parsley. Then just add the smallest dash of paprika. Stir in a splash or two of apple cider vinegar for flavor. Taste and adjust as necessary, and when the flavor is right, use a bit of milk to thin it out to your desired consistency.
8) Pour some of the ranch dressing over the cooking chicken. I reapplied the ranch to the chicken twice.
9) Spread the dough out on a baking pan.
10) Take the jar of ranch dressing and just spread a layer of it across all of the dough.
11) Lay down the cooked vegetables on half of the dough.
12) Place the chicken evenly across all the vegetables, and then add a layer of mozzarella over the chicken.
13) Fold the dough over, press to seal, and place it in the hot oven.
14) Take a bottle of hot sauce and use it to deglaze the pan you cooked the chicken in (though with how fatty the chicken thighs are, it isn’t as much deglazing as it is mixing). This process adds subtle herb chicken and ranch undertones to the hot sauce
15) Add the diced garlic to the hot sauce, and let cook over low heat until the calzone is done.
16) When the calzone is golden brown and cooked through, remove from oven. Let it rest while you pour the hot sauce into a bowl.
17) Slice the calzone or serve it as is. Be sure to dunk it in the hot sauce as you eat it though! We just cut it in half to share, and dug in! Double dipping was completely allowed. I can guarantee you won’t find a calzone like this at your local pizza joint. It is absolutely, unbelievable, finger licking good!