Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuna Melt Calzone

1 can of tuna, drained
tsp of mayonnaise
fresh herbs
mustard
diced onion
salt and pepper
cheese
pizza dough
grated parmesan

Preheat the oven to 500. Combine everything but the pizza dough and cheese. Roll out the the dough into a 10"x5" oblong. Put cheese on one half, leaving a half an inch all around the edge. Put the tuna on top of the cheese. Fold the dough over and press the edges together firmly. Fold the edges over again and press firmly. Cut vent holes in the top, brush it with olive oil and sprinkle it grated parmesan. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until brown.

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Once again, I wrap something in pizza dough. This one is pretty obvious, but wicked good. I've been doing it for a while now, but usually at night so I can't get a decent picture. It's what I make when I get home from work after ten and need something quick.

First, the dressing. This is some mayo, basil, oregano, parsley, sweet onion, some of that Emeril spicy mustard that Foodbuzz sent me, salt and pepper. I like to mix it up before adding the tuna, it makes it incorporate more evenly. Like this. I accidentally put in a bit more mayo that I normally do, but you work with what you've got. Then you just follow standard calzone making procedure. Roll it out into an oblong, plop some cheese on there. I used mozzarella, since I had it, but any cheese would be good really. And then the tuna. Make sure to leave about a half an inch of space around the edges so you can seal it up. Then you just fold it it overand pinch it shut. I like to then fold the fold over and pinch it again, I've had some bad experiences with exploding seams on calzones. Then brush it with olive oil and sprinkle on some grated parm. That adds some nice texture. Don't forget to stab some vent holes in there. Forgetting that doesn't help stop your calzone from exploding. Bake it in a preheated 500 degree oven for ten minutes or so, until it's nice and brown. And there you have it, tuna melt calzone. It's weird, I'm not very into fish in general, but I love canned tuna. Go figure. You could clearly make this with any tuna salad, depending on how you like it. How do you like your tuna salad?
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35 comments:

Goldie said...

Oooh, that sounds like a wonderful idea! Good cold weather food, too.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love tuna melts - never thought about doing a calzone - this is genius!

Jenn said...

When sandwiches and pizza meet, you can't go wrong with that. It's portable, it's handy and oh-so-delicious. I sounds like I'm selling something. lol.

The Brutal Gourmet said...

Canned tuna -- the un-fish!

The Duo Dishes said...

Definitely a different way to use tuna.

Dawn said...

hey now!
genius! love it! more please

Jhonny walker said...

Different...but its TUNA. A lovely combination. Great to taste and what a pretty looker :)

3 hungry tummies said...

oh thats a sinful looking thing yum!

A Year on the Grill said...

This is great looking... and I can smell outstanding post!!!this

Palidor said...

Wow, you got such nice color on the crust. I'm actually the opposite - love fresh fish, but not a big fan of canned tuna. Canned sockeye salmon, however, is another story and I think it would be great in a calzone!

Steph said...

That looks sooo good! I love how much you stuffed it. I like my tuna salad with celery and apples.

5 Star Foodie said...

I adore tuna melts and what a terrific idea to make it a filling for a calzone! Awesome!

Karine said...

Great recipe! Such a nice way to eat tuna :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

That looks amazing! It brings tuna melt to a whole new level. I like tuna with almonds, dill and dried cranberries. And mayo of course.

noobcook said...

This is such a creative use of pizza dough ... u're good! ^_^

Vicki said...

Sweet Jeebus, I'm buying pizza dough and tuna at TJ's tomorrow.

Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, man, you are genius! This is just a genius idea!

monicajane said...

yummy...that's a delightful idea...I get a kick out of your creations!

I need to figure out how to start baking some stuff...I stopped eating bread and baking stuff almost entirely since I discovered I'm allergic to wheat but there are a ton of alternatives I can use...just gotta get on it in figuring it out.

this makes me want to get on it sooner than later.

I love tuna too, but I love all fish.

my mom is like you though and will only eat canned tuna.

Kate at Serendipity said...

Bob, this looks wonderful. Perfect late night comfort food.

I have a question, though--do you have to pierce the dough so that it doesn't explode?

girlichef said...

Awesome!! I never would have thought to put tuna salad into a calzone! It looks and sounds seriously delicious, though...nice!! I usually just eat mine on toast...but I love a good melt, too.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

A tuna melt calzone! You, sir, are a genius.

Bob said...

Thanks everyone! Heh, I don't think I've ever been called a genius so much. :D

monicajane: I have a friend who is allergic to wheat but she can eat spelt flout. You should check that out, she makes all kinds of goodies with it.

Kate: Yeah, it's a good idea to put some vent holes in there.

Hungry Dog said...

I love tuna melts, and a tuna melt calzone, great idea! You're so creative, I love it.

unconfidentialcook said...

I love tuna melts--this is a brilliant idea because my only problem with most melts is that the bread gets too greasey.

Joie de vivre said...

Bob, your posts always tempt me in the most wicked way (I love how you use the word wicked). I have been craving, craving, craving tuna melts recently. I would have never thought of putting it in pizza dough! Do you make your own pizza dough?

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

Oh Bob..how I adore you! My husband is going to love this...what an original idea!

Culinary Alchemist said...

Oh My! Cheesy Melty Tuna in Pizza dough... Does it possibly get any better than that? I don't think so... I am starving now...

Chow and Chatter said...

this is so cool i love tuna what a creative recipe

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a neat idea to put tuna melt in a calzone. The pictures look very tempting!

Barbara said...

Great idea- a tuna melt in pizza dough. Love calzones to start with and never would have though of this one! I always think in terms of meat- really like the tuna in this.

Donna-FFW said...

I think I would love my tuna salad just like this. Love how you flavred up your mayo.

unmacaronrose said...

That looks really good. I can't wait to try it out!

Velva said...

What a great idea! I am impressed that this is the kind of meal you whip up at 10 p.m. Very nice!

noble pig said...

This is a whole new level of goodness Yum.

Taste of Beirut said...

I don't know what I like more, the recipe or the cat photos!

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