three types of calzone!


Ugh. My baby brother is an unbelievable 18 years old now - and I just can't handle it.

I have no idea how this happened. All I know is that just recently he was tucked into a carseat in the back of the jeep eating butternut crunch donuts. For the life of me, I can't seem to find a picture of this but there must be one somewhere. In the last 5 years I have really tried to scan all of our family pictures. Every time that I feel as though I'm making progress,  I find another pile of albums. I hope that 2017 will be the year I finish scanning big albums.

I've cooked Jake's birthday dinner the past couple of years - and each year he always wants the same thing. Calzone. I first made calzone for him in 2012 and it ends up being an annual thing. There is go reason I only make it in December but that ends up being the truth.

This year, I asked him what he was hoping for and he only had one request. Goldfinger chicken. We first learned about "goldfinger" sauce at this local bar (TK O'Malleys). Jake and I have lunch dates where we get bar pizza or chicken fingers. It feels like we end up being the first people there when they open on Sundays. But Goldfinger sauce is pretty intriguing. It's a fine balance of honey mustard and hot sauce... with a bit of butter in there too.

Given we were expecting about 10 for dinner, I needed to make about 3 calzones. I googled for some inspiration on options but honestly came up largely empty. The calzone apparently doesn't garner as much creativity as I was hoping. Here is what I ended up going with:

  1. prosciutto, goat cheese, and mozzarella
  2. chicken sausage, spinach, and ricotta
  3. goldfinger chicken

When I asked for votes at the end of the night, there was honestly an even split across all three. The combination of options really seemed to cover all the bases. So I'm calling this a win - even though I took like zero pictures of this whole thing.
Here's how it goes. Writing this up isn't exactly straightforward because it is 3 different recipes but hopefully you can understand this.

Goldfinger Sauce
Combine the honey mustard, hot sauce and butter in a pot on the stove. Heat on medium-low until the butter has melted. Stir until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional sauces or salt and pepper.

Goldfinger Chicken Prep
  1. As a little bit of prep work, I cut up the chicken into smaller bite size pieces and marinated it for a few hours in goldfinger sauce.
  2. After marinating, saute up the chicken in a pan like you'd normally cook chicken. No big deal.
Calzone
  1. Prepare your cooking sheet with cooking spray and tinfoil. Stretch out your pizza dough like you'd do if you were making normal pizza.... since calzone is essentially pizza folded in half. Don't get stressy pants about shape. It's calzone not brain surgery.
  2. Layer your ingredients on one half of the dough.
  3. After you've filled the calzones, just bring the other half over and pinch the edges to seal. 
  4. Cook in a 400 F oven for about 25 minutes.
Shopping List
5 oz prosciutto
2 cups of mozzarella
2-3 oz of goat cheese
1/2 cup tomato sauce

2 chicken sausages, sliced thin and cooked
2ish cups of spinach, cooked
3/4 cup of ricotta
2 cups of mozzarella
1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 lb chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
3/4 cup hot sauce
3/4 cup honey mustard
2 T butter
2 cups of mozzarella 

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