Monday, April 21, 2008

S is for Sweet Potato Calzone

Right, here is Freddie's sweet potato recipe. He has taken over the kitchen and created something really delicious. Using a pizza base mix, he made calzone, which are like folded pizzas, filled with sweet potato, brie and basil. Like quesadillas, calzone are a great vegetable-containers! And of course whenever Freddie is involved in the cooking, his scores are much higher. Sweet potato calzone were given 10 out of 10.

Sweet potato, brie and basil calzone
Makes 4

290g Pizza base mix
300g sweet potato, finely diced
2 tablespoons of pesto sauce
175g brie
Generous handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
Salt and ground pepper to season

Preheat the oven to 220C. Make the pizza base mix according to the maker’s instructions. Knead the dough and divide into four equal pieces. Peel the sweet potato and cut into small cubes. Boil or steam for about 8 minutes until they are tender, but not mushy. Drain well. Place in a bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce. In another bowl, cut the brie into small cubes.
Flour a clean surface and roll out each piece of dough into a 23cm diameter circle. On one side of each circle of dough, spoon some sweet potato, brie and add some basil leaves. Season with a little salt and ground pepper. Don’t put the filling too near the edge. Using your finger tips or a pastry brush dipped in water, slightly dampen round the circumference of the dough. Fold the dough over the side that is piled with the filling, matching up the two edges. Seal the edges firmly together by pinching and twisting the dough together. Make little twisty points with the dough at each corner. Dust a baking sheet with flour and place the calzone on top. Bake in the oven for about 12- 15 minutes. When ready, the calzone are very lightly browned. Take care as the filling can be piping hot!
If any of you try this recipe, Freddie would love to know how you got on....

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  1. Freddie, you'd be welcome to come and cook in my kitchen any time. hose calzones look brilliant.

  2. Anonymous10:34 PM

    Brie and sweet potato! Freddie is brilliant!

  3. Sweet potato and brie calzones sound good!

  4. Freddie, I think I will be trying it. These look really yummy!!! Well done!

  5. Anonymous5:11 PM

    Brie and fresh basil in a calzone will turn sweet potato into a whole different veggie. I'll be making these!

  6. Anonymous10:34 PM

    Hopefully my son will enjoy these when I make them tomorrow evening!

  7. They look awesome Freddie, as I said before you are at my favourite veggy. I am going try these but I think I might use fetta and fresh oregano. Thanks for the inspiration Freddie.

  8. Charlotte, you are doing an exceptional job raising your children.

  9. Anonymous4:26 AM

    I just came across your blog, and it is such a fantastic idea! and tell your son that his calzone looks delicious, and we will be trying a version of it soon!

  10. Well done Freddie! These look absolutely delicious and just my kind of flavour combination too :)

  11. My daughter, Cammie is coming home this weekend and loves sweet potatoes. I'll see if she wants to make this recipe. I think you are a wise Mom. Amazing that the scores are high. Participation is great! I noticed the same thing with adults as well. :-)

  12. Freddie, you're an absolutely awesome kid! Congratulations on trying so many vegetables, and I'll be trying your recipe soon!

  13. Freddie, I knew you could cook fella! I will definately try this recipe out, I'm really impressed and, well proud of you too!


  14. From Freddie -
    I really liked making them. I hope you try them out. They are really easy to make.

    And from his Mum - Sorry I havent been very good at replying to comments this week. I was working too hard.
    We also made a really delicious sweet potato topped meat pie But I didnt have the time to blog on -

  15. Made these! Delicious!

  16. leah - Thats brilliant.
    Will tell Freddie - he will be so proud!


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