4/22/09

the best veggie calzone, ever

Get out a pen and paper, I'll wait.... Go ahead, go get them because you're going to need to write this down. The next time you go to Whole Foods, do not leave the store without picking up a couple batches of their multi-grain pizza dough. This is the best pizza dough I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I am not one of those people who likes to make their own pizza dough. Why? Well, I have a 55 sq. ft. kitchen and an oven that "sometimes" works. So, until we move into a better kitchen I'm not chancing all that hard work of bread & pizza dough making and then baking it, sitting by my untrusty oven with crossed fingers. I had this same problem when I attempted cheesecake :::shudder:::
But, let's go back to this multi-grain pizza dough from Whole Foods. The texture, the taste, the ease of forming it was a breeeeeeze people. You know how some pizza doughs you buy from the store are just awful; there is no stretching those dry puffs of dough or if you do they just rip. And don't get me started on the taste. This multi-grain pizza dough had such an incredible taste and texture (plus it did very well when freezing for later). Let's not forget that it's multi-grain and that means it's good for you. I had been craving one of my calzones for some time now and wanted to try a veggie version.


copyright 2009 dawn finicane

All I did was saute one red, orange, and green bell pepper, one small onion with olive oil and salt & pepper. When it was just about done sauteeing I added in a couple splashes of Worcheshire sauce. Then added in a few marinated mushrooms from a jar, toss well, set to the side. Roll out pizza dough into a circle, cut in half. Fill with sauteed veggies, top with a bit of mozzarella cheese or whatever you fancy. Seal up dough very well. Poke a couple holes on top of calzones for steam to escape, rub some olive oil on top of the calzone (make sure you get the olive oil all over the crust too! that's the best part!) and top with some sharp cheddar. Bake in 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven. Let them cool a bit before biting into them because these babies are HOT! I loved these so much I ate my leftover half cold for lunch, oh yeah, I could not wait to heat it up, I was that impatient--it was delish cold.


copyright 2009 dawn finicane

Look at the crust! Is that not perfection? And this is multi-grain dough people! You have to try this, you will love it, trust me.

Copyright judy larocque
I could not pass the chance to introduce you all to the newest part of my friends' family. This is Anderson. Yes, he is a King Cavalier. And he is the most precious puppy I've come across in ages. I'm the lucky one that gets to watch him from time to time. Look at that face! Do you know how hard it is to kiss that face when all he wants to do is play? Impossible, but I'm still working on it!

This recipe and photographs are copyrighted and are the property of Dawn Finicane.

68 comments:

  1. We always make our own dough so I haven't tried Whole Foods dough, but I am going to now since you give it rave reviews! I love stuffing my calzones with TONS of veggies. I really wish I had this for lunch today. And that puppy is beyond cute!

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  2. My philopshy is someone else has perfected it why not just use theirs. Unfortunately we lack a Whole Foods so I usually make my own.

    That crust looks amazing and calzones are one of my favorite guys coming over poker dinner. Everyone can have what they want and they are grillable too.

    Great flavors and going to have to try it with the olive oil and cheddar combo. I normally do the butter and parmesan route.

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  3. oh jeff what a great idea, I never thought to grill a calzone!!! oh man

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  4. Oh....oh....oh....to the calzone AND the puppy! I'm a sucker for BOTH!!!
    Darn it-we don't have a Whole Foods Market up this way! That's OK....I'll follow your lead with my homemade pizza dough.
    Lucky you puppysitting that cutie....I'd be wanting puppy kisses too!!! :)

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  5. LOOOVE the stuffed calzone and Anderson!!

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  6. This is good to know! Looks like you truly stand by the product. :) We've been using Trader Joe's dough for a while now, so if we need to do a taste test, this is worth it.

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  7. This looks absolutely scrumptious! And I love, love, love the puppy!

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  8. I usually make my pizza dough, takes 2 min. in the Food Processor. But next time I'm around Whole Foods I want to try it. You did such a beautiful calzone.

    What a cute puppy.

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  9. I'm gonna try that calzone..that crust looks Heavenly and OH MY GAWD...Anderson is ADORABLE!!!!! You know, I've never seen a baby King Charles before. Oooh, I just want to kiss him all over and squeeze him tight! What a sweet face!! :)

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  10. What a sweet puppy and I love his name! I need to make a little trek to the nearest whole foods to check out the pizza dough as I have not been impressed with any of the ones I have found in store lately. Sometimes I am just too lazy to make homemade. Calzones are just a little bit of perfect in life, don't you think? They look amazing, as usual.

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  11. Yum, I will definitely be trying this soon!

    Also, Anderson is such a cutie! We just adopted a King Charles/Shih Tzu mix who was rescued from a bad breeder. I think King Charles Spaniels really have the cutest, sweetest little faces. :)

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  12. Ow! I usually make my own too (although I understand not doing it- it is a good deal of work!)but you are making me REALLY want to try the WFs dough! Looks like your calzone turned out PERFECTLY! What a freaking cute puppy!!

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  13. Ok - I was drooling over the calzone and now I'm still drooling over this puppy. He is the cutest thing EVER.

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  14. that dough looks great - I will need to pick some up the next time I stop in a whole foods....

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  15. Mmm delicious! Will definitely be stopping by whole foods today! And that's also the exact type of dog I want to get! SOOO CUTE. What a great post haha.
    Thanks for the recipe,
    Whitney

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  16. Awww, Anderson is so precious!! Okay, so, Todd and I don't have a car. Yes, we're hippie like that--I mean, we do live in Berkeley. (Okay, in all honesty, we just can't afford to park a car anywhere in this city :) ). But, I'm totally going to walk to Whole Foods, which is about 3 or so miles away because you have given me the meanest craving for a veggie calzone, and I want the best pizza dough possible! It'll be great though--by the time I get home, I'll totally be able to eat like 5 calzones without any guilt :) Your calzones look suuuuper yummy, Dawn!

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  17. Puppy! Ahem, scuse me.

    That calzone looks awesome, I love calzones. I don't ever get to get to WF, unfortunately, but I can try out the rest of it. I finally got a new oven that works all the time, so I don't have to worry about baking disasters anymore. Well, at least, not ones that I can blame the oven for...

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  18. Your puppy is such a cutie! Nice calzone too.

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  19. OMG!! Anderson is soooo adorable!!!! I so want a puppy right now.

    Whole Foods, eh? I may just have to make a run over there just to pick some of this dough you speak of and only that.

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  20. One thing I really miss about New Orleans is Whole Foods. They started out in this little hole in the wall place in the mid 80's and I was hooked way back then.

    I will have to make my own dough, but man the veegies are awesome and adding the Lea & Perrins, well I'm just a Lea & Perrins kind of a girl.

    The puppy is the cutest dog I have ever seen...he's definitely got a kissable face.

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  21. Oh, oceans separate me and Whole Foods :( I guess I'll have to make do with whatever we have here-- including my handmade though. I've never attempted calzone-making before, though. Yours looks beyoootiful!
    That puppy is just freaking adorable!

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  22. The calzone looks so yummy with the veggies and the cheese! And what an adorable puppy!

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  23. oh my gosh! i think my heart just melted into a puddle when i saw anderson. oh my goodness - soooo adorable!

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  24. I can't decide which I want more. the puppy or the calzone!!!

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  25. I really want one of those calzones!! It looks so good Dawn. And that puppy is ADORABLE! That face!!

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  26. Calzones and puppies, well that's just not fair. I want to come over there!

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  27. The calzone was very tasty. It'd be interesting to create something like a 4 cheese, mushroom, pepperoni and vegetable calzone with whole foods organic ...

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  28. That is a sweet puppy Dawn! You are going to have fun watching him!!!

    I would love to try this pizza dough from Whole Foods. I usually make my own, but if you say it is good, I am gonna try it! :)

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  29. This looks lovely Dawn I bet it was so tasty.

    I can't beleive that you don't want to make bread or pizza.... with the cakes and baked treats you make I think you would make some lovely baked foods. :-D

    What a cute puppy!

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  30. Your right that dough looks terrific, just as good as homemade. I could definetly eat this just the way you made it with the veggies! Anderson is a sweetie!!

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  31. I love making my own dough, so hopefully when you get a new kitchen you will too! Mmmhmmm, cold calzones RULE as I so recently discovered. I am glad you are going to get to thaw soon. It's actually cooling down to bearable temps again! Hooray for 68 in a couple of days!

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  32. I'm not a huge fan of calzones (I don't like my pizza wrapped), but your veggie version might be just the thing to convert me. Looks really yummy!

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  33. Please send either the calzone or the pup over, please?

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  34. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. That's one for the calzone (and the multi grain dough--may be worth an hour trip to the nearest Whole Foods!) and one for the cutest little puppy! Dang!

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  35. I like the cheese baked on top of those calzones!

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  36. The calzones are packed full of goodness! How sweet is the puppy!! I am melting over here!

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  37. oooh, anderson is so adorable!!!!! that calzone looks amazing, was the dough in the freezer section or where?? i don't think i've seen it...

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  39. The dog is adorable. I have a 2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, she is just a doll. They are the best! I have a pic of her on my blog with my other dog (a bulldog)

    btw That calzone looks delish!

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  40. OMG That face! I bet Anderson gets away with lots.

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  41. Oh yes! You were so right - I needed to visit you to get me back in the mood.

    I'm ready to vote that as the best calzone ever! You could win a contest with that kind of yum - but that could be said any day in your kitchen. I hope you really do get that bakery - and soon.

    I wish there was a Whole Foods store on Cape! But I don't mind making my own dough - and I love to play in the dirt. Love it!

    To catch up: bacon in pound cake? bacon? You are so brave.

    I grew up in upstate New York and one of my fav childhood sandwiches was cheese, tomato and mayo. So I'm gonna make that tart. Soon!

    That is one of the cutest puppies I've ever seen! Seriously, all puppies are sweet, but that one could have a career in pictures.

    Thank you for keeping in touch when I went underground...

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  42. I just want to squeeze him- he is so lovely and I want him. Reminds me of my doggie when she was just a pup.

    Where in Whole Foods do I find this dough? In the freezer secion?

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  43. Oh yeah...I don't miss meat at all with these calzones...but I might need two!

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  44. Wow that calzone really is food porn. It looks incredible!

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  45. That does look great! Trader Joe's makes a good pizza dough as well.

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  46. I LOVE calzones! I had an eggplant parm one just yesterday. Your puppy is soooo cute! Dogs are the best. Thanks for sharing Dawn!

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  47. oh. my. goodness. that's one of the cutest pups my eyes have ever seen. absolutely adorable!
    and the calzone? glorious, as usual. it's stuffed to bursting with some of the best ingredients i can imagine and makes me resent our lack of a whole foods even more. :)

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  48. The veggie calzone looks so tasty. I've never made one myself but would like to try.. Cute puppy!

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  49. Thanks for sharing the recipe! My husband and I are eating vegetarian several times a month and this would be great!

    Ohhh.....Anderson is soooo adorable!!!!!!!

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  50. First of all the calzone looks great - looking forwardt to trying the multi grain dough.

    Second - that is the CUTEST puppy I've ever seen and I love the name too.

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  51. Wait! I just caught a glimpse at the heading of the previous post - pineapple and bacon cake! What am I going to do with you and all the creations eh? :)

    I have tea, send me a calzone.

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  52. You're right: That crust is perfection!

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  53. I'm always so scare dof store bought pizza doughs! Thanks for the review..will check it out next time.

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  54. That cute puppy face steals the show :)

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  55. Indeed, that puppy steels the show!!
    That calzone does looks so yummie, doesn't it? MMMMM...Love it!!

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  56. Dawn forget the calzones, even though they look great! But that puppy is ADORABLE. Love his name too. You will have to keep us posted with puppy stories and his growth. I have never had that dough before but will go on your rec and try it.

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  57. um, you did warn me, and anderson is just as adorable as you said! puppy kisses!

    and the calzone looks so yummy and that cheesey crust on the outside...mmm!

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  58. Anderson is adorable.

    Also, thank you for this recipe. I love calzones and I love vegetables and I couldn't imagine a better combination :)

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  59. OMG! I want that calzone AND that puppie! Lovely cheese crust, love it!

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  60. Dawn, congrats on the puppy, that is the cutest picture ever. soooo cute, and thanks for the tip on the whole wheat pizza dough, I have to try homemade calzone (with soy cheese sadly).

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  61. PUPPY!!!

    I've had two Cavaliers in the past... they are the sweetest dogs in the world.

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  62. Your calzone looks awesome! The puppy is adorable!

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  63. Hi Dawn! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love it because I have now discovered your blog. :-) Anderson, your friend's new family member is adorable! I love animals, we have three cats. I'll be sure to visit again soon. Have a great day!

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  64. Oh. My. Goodness. Anderson is adorable! Congratulations on adding him to your family. I don't know what I'd do with out my puppy (almost a year old!).

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  65. That calzone looks so delicious--and your puppy is the cutest!

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  66. OHHHHHH This is the cutest pup I've ever SEEEEN! And Anderson if THE CUTEST NAME EVER! <3 Adorable.

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  67. new to your blog...recipes look wonderful...but i had to say that, hands down, that is the cutest puppy i've ever seen :-)
    lucky you. i have a cat. and i don't like it very much at all.

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  68. The calzone looks amazing, I can't wait to test it out! And seriously, could Anderson BE any cuter?!?!? I don't think he could be.... -e

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