Many years back, my SIL made the food for her son’s College Graduation Party at their home. She passed around this lovely warm tidbit that was heavenly. She called it a Rolled Calzone. She said that this sandwich could be served at room temperature as well. It sounded fairly straight forward, so I asked her to e-mail me the recipe. WOW! It had a lot of ingredients and I knew that in my tiny kitchen back home in Hawaii, this would be difficult. So I set about to make it work, mostly because both my husband and I thought it was wonderful.
Whenever DH and I head out on a road trip, I like to take along a few pre-made meals. Now, I’m not talking about something that I picked up from the freezer case. My goal over the past 5 + years since retiring, is to cook as much of the things that we eat as possible. I was rifling through my recipe binder and saw this recipe and knew that it would be great road food, not messy, handheld goodness. One of the things that I found easier with this dish is to use premade Pizza dough. Whether you buy yours in the cold case or in a pop’n fresh tube is up to you; I usually have dough stashed in my freezer.
I gotta’ tell ya’ though, I was in the Mega-Mart the other day and I was pokin’ around and what did I spy? This same thing being sold for over $8 for only 6 meager slices. MAN! This is why I cook.
1 recipe of Pizza dough (Pillsbury will do fine)
3-4 Tbsp. Pesto
4-6 slices Deli Ham (I buy Boar’s Head brand deli meats)
4-6 slices Sharp Provolone cheese (also Boar’s head)
6-8 slices Hot Coppacola
2-3 Roasted Bell Peppers (jarred is ok, I make my own)
1 Egg White, beaten
Preheat the oven to 400º
Roll out the Pizza dough into a rectangle 24″ X 12″, with the longer side closest to you
Spread the Pesto on the dough, stopping 2 inches from the edges
Place a layer of each meat, then the cheese and lastly the peppers, again stopping 2 inches from the edges
Start to roll the dough into a log with the edge closest to you
Roll as tightly as you can
Pinch the edge into the log as well as the ends
On a sheet pan, sprinkle some Cornmeal and place the log seam side down onto the pan. Brush with the beaten Egg White and bake for 20-25 minutes, it should be very firm. Allow to cool completely. Slice as desired.
I trimmed this recipe down, but you can do with it as you like. My SIL put in Pepperoncinis, we are not fans. You really could use any Deli meats that you prefer. Maybe Roast Beef or Turkey breast; Swiss cheese or Cheddar?
Remember, a recipe is just somebody’s idea, you run with it and make it your own.