Monday, January 19, 2015

Chicken Pot Pies and Homemade Calzones

Found a really good Chicken Pot Pie Recipe on the All Recipes Website. 
It used just boneless chicken breasts, celery, carrots, onions and some seasonings.

I made a double 10 inch pie crust recipe and put it in a casserole dish to have plenty of room. 
The above picture is ready to put it into the oven.

Here is the nicely browned bake pie.
This was really good and easy. 
Recipe Follows:

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed

    One day I also made sausage calzones.
    Browned the mild Italian sausage first and set aside to cool.

    Diced up some onions and green pepper to saute and soften.

    Here is the dough all risen and ready to go.  I only let it rise once and then I formed the calzones.
    Following is the recipe:
    Homemade Calzone or Pizza Dough
    1 1/2 cups warm water
    1 package active dry yeast
    3 1/2 cups flour
    2 Tbsp Olive Oil
    2 tsp salt
    1 tsp sugar

    In a large bowl add together yeast and warm water, let sit for 10 minutes.  Then add in olive oil, salt and sugar and mix well.  Add the flour and mix together with large wooden spoon or mixer.

    Put two tablespoons of flour on the counter and dump the dough out on it scraping the bowl.  Put a little flour on top of the dough and start kneading it until smooth and elastic. 

    Clean out the bowl and then rub some olive oil on the sides.  Put the kneaded dough in the bowl and turn over to have oil on both sides of the dough.

    Cover with a wet towel and let rise in a warm place till double. 

    Also thawed bread dough from the grocery store will work fine.

    Along with the green peppers, onions and sausage I have mozzarella cheese, prego sauce and pepperoni.  It's ok to add anything you would like also. Make it your own for sure!

    I pulled off a piece of dough the size of a softball.  Spread it out on some flour till it looks like this.
    Add your ingredients.

    Fold over and seal, the dough expands easily.
    Put the calzones on a sprayed cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for at least 30 minutes until the tasty bunches of goodness look brown enough for you. 
    I added a little melted butter on top after bringing them out of the oven. 

    Wha Lahhh- got a thumbs up from the family.

    Hope you give them a try.

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