Monday, December 3, 2012

My First Giveaway ! A Recipe and Fun with Rosemary!

I have a great recipe for you! Chicken Calzone!  It is really easy, you can do it ahead and refrigerate until ready to bake.  I am calling this Greek cuisine, Or you can just call it tasty!
I made this really easy pizza dough using 2 ingredients !! It will make one pizza or two medium  calzones . No waiting to proof, no yeast, fool proof!

Easy pizza crust
1 cup self rising flour (plus extra for board)
1 cup Greek yogurt (I did not have greek so I used regular yogurt and just poured off the whey that comes to the top, it turned out fine. May need a bit more flour)
 Stir together and turn out on floured surface and knead for about 5 to 8 minutes. Bang you are done!
I just set it aside so I could get my filling together, But you can just roll and make a pizza at this point.

Here is what you will need for the filling: Feta cheese, Parmesan, Ricotta, black olives, garlic, 1 egg, red onion, mozzarella salt/ pepper, oregano, basil. And...
2 Chicken tenders (this has salt and pepper and olive oil over it) You can use rotisserie chicken if you prefer

 Preheat a grill pan to cook your chicken

Just cook until you get nice color on the chicken (You don't have to cook it all the way through because it will bake in the oven)

In small skillet, saute onion,garlic and I added mushrooms at the last minute! Cooks prerogative ! Do you ever do that ? Just add stuff you think would taste good?
Okay back to the recipe...
In a bowl combine ricotta,beaten egg, chopped black olives, feta, Parmesan, mozzarella and the sauteed vegetables and chopped chicken.
Add oregano and basil,stir to combine.
Roll out half of the dough on a floured surface
Put all of the filling on half of the dough,
Make sure to leave about a half inch of dough on the edge.
Pull other half of the dough carefully over and crimp edges to seal, transfer to greased cookie sheet sprinkled with about a tsp of cornmeal.

Cut slits in the top and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with herbs (rosemary,oregano) and grate a bit of Parmesan cheese on top. At this point I covered it and put it in the refrigerator and I will bake for dinner tonight.  Bake at 400* for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Chicken Calzone

Filling for the calzone
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan (grated)
1/2 cup mozzarella (grated)
1 Tblsp feta cut up
1/4 cup red onion chopped fine
1/4 cup mushrooms chopped
1 large clove garlic (grated)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped black olives
salt and pepper
1 egg beaten
2 chicken tenders or Rotisserie chicken about a 1/2 cup chopped ( if using tenders (season) use grill pan and brown and then chop up.
 Saute onion, garlic, mushrooms ,set aside. In bowl add cheeses and chicken, sauteed vegetables, egg and salt and pepper and herbs, mix together. Put in half of calzone and fold over and crimp. Cut slits in top and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with herbs and parmesan cheese. Bake in pre-heated oven 400* for 20 to 30 minutes .  Yummy!

 I made my own rosemary wreath for my kitchen today and it smelled so good in here! My hands still smell like rosemary! With just a few cuttings of fresh rosemary, some twine and green wire some ribbon and you can make one too!

You'll need 6 fairly long cuttings, what I did was braid 3 together and then used the wire to hold that and braid 3 more and wire those. Then I put the 2 of them together with wire, forming the circle. I used some cookie cutters and ribbon and hung it with twine! I love how it looks and smells!
I had some leftover, so an old bottle and ribbon (put water in it and change every couple of days to keep fresh) And there you go, so pretty! Would make a great  hostess  gift!

Now did I forget anything??? Oh yeah... My first giveaway!!  I am so excited !!  You can enter today, it will go till Monday December 10th! Winner will be announced that evening at 8:00 p.m. E.S.T.
Here is what you can win:
 Rooster Cutting board trimed in red,
A 7 piece rooster towel and potholder set and a package of paper straws!   I can't wait to see who will win! All you have to do to win is enter the Rafflecopter!  Good Luck!

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  1. My favorite is the kind my grandmother used to make. No name to it except "Grandmom's cookies." :)

  2. I love to make sugar cookies with lots of frosting. :)

  3. The easiest cookie I have ever made is a peanut butter cookie with 3 ingredientd. Delicious!

  4. My Favorite cookie to make is Mexican Wedding cookies, we call them Choke Balls. To eat is frosted sugar cookies, I don't make them very often though...P.S. Love the blog...

  5. My favorite cookies to make are Peanut Butter!