I love calzones, and I spent quite a bit of time, and wasted a lot of flour, trying to create a gluten-free version that would stay together and taste good. The xanthan gum is a must, and this mixture of flours creates a nice flavor.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 to 25 minutes
1½ cups warm water (110º F to 115º F)
2 tablespoons sugar, honey, or agave syrup
1 packet dry, active yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
1½ teaspoons sea salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups Tif’s GF baking mix, consisting of 2 cups brown rice flour, 2 cups tapioca, 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
Extra olive oil and gluten-free flour for kneading
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 or 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoons crushed red chili flakes
2 tablespoons dried parsley and/or Italian seasoning
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Italian cheese
1 cup GF marinara sauce (I like Amy’s brand)
Pour the warm water in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and package of yeast. Stir the mixture slowly until the yeast and sugar are dissolved. Let it sit to allow the mixture to “mature” for about ten minutes or so. The mixture will begin to react; clouding and forming a foamy “head” on the surface of the mixture. Add the salt and the olive oil and stir again to combine the ingredients. Add 1 cup of Gluten-free flour mix and whisk in until dissolved. Mix in the second cup of flour and xanthan gum. Add the third cup of flour and combine. By now the dough mixture should be fairly thick. Add the last cup of flour and, with your hands, begin to combine and knead the dough. Remove the dough ball to a tabletop to knead it. You may need to add a dusting of flour from time to time to reduce the stickiness of the dough. Knead dough for about 5 to 8 minutes. You may need to add olive oil during this process.
You’ll know you’ve done well when the ball no longer sticks to your hands. It will become a smoothly-textured ball.
Transfer this circle to a baking sheet. In the center of the lower third of the circle add the following:
-For smaller circles, use ¼ cup of any combination of fresh veggies, cooked beans, or cooked meats, ⅛ cup marinara or pesto, ⅛ cup of goat cheese, Italian cheeses, ricotta cheese, or dairy free “cheese” options.
-For larger circles double the above amounts.
Once the filling has been placed, fold the dough over towards the front tip so that it comes just over the top of the filling. Bring the exposed portion of the bottom piece up and fold over the top piece, using your fingers to press down, creating a seal. Brush with a bit of olive oil, prick the top in a couple of places with a fork, and place in a 375º F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown on top. Let cool 5 minutes and serve.
Bake at 400º F for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool and eat!