For the Calzone Dough:
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110°F or 43°C)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Calzone Filling:
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 8-10 slices of salami
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce (plus extra for dipping)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Olive oil (for brushing)
1. Prepare the Calzone Dough:
- In a small bowl, combine warm water, sugar, and active dry yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, or until the mixture becomes frothy.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center.
- Pour the yeast mixture and olive oil into the well. Stir until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
2. Preheat the Oven:
- Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C) and place a pizza stone or an inverted baking sheet on the middle rack.
3. Assemble the Calzone:
- Punch down the risen dough and divide it into two equal portions.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough into a circle or oval shape, about 10-12 inches in diameter.
- On one half of each dough round, leaving a border around the edge, layer the shredded mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, salami slices, marinara sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper.
- Fold the other half of the dough over the filling, creating a half-moon shape.
4. Seal and Bake the Calzone:
- Press the edges of the dough together to seal the calzones. You can use a fork to crimp the edges for a decorative touch.
- Brush the tops of the calzones with a little olive oil.
5. Bake the Calzone:
- Carefully transfer the calzones to the preheated oven on the pizza stone or baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the calzones are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the calzones from the oven and let them cool slightly before slicing.
- Serve the Salami Calzones with extra marinara sauce for dipping.
Enjoy your homemade Salami Calzone as a delicious and satisfying meal!