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Monday, December 15, 2014



All the flavor of juicy Chicken Bakes, similar to Costco Chicken Bakes.  I enjoyed these with some sliced cucumber on the side.  These are very satiating.  The filling and sauce mixture is enough to fill 10 calzones, however, you can make 5 at a time, if desired, and refrigerate the remaining filling for another day. Considering Costco Calzones run about 70 grams of carbs, these are pretty cool.

Note:  These expand and get bigger over all in the oven.  Really amazing!  In addition, for a grain-free version, see the Helpful Hints below. I have subsequently found that I can make 6 calzones with the single batch (12 with a double batch)...that brings the carbs down a bit more.


MIRACLE DOUGH TIPS: - Please note:USE BOB'S RED MILL COCONUT FLOUR FOR ALL MY RECIPES AND ESPECIALLY FOR THIS MIRACLE DOUGH - COCONUT FLOURS DIFFER GREATLY IN THEIR ABILITY TO ABSORB MOISTURE!  There are several variations of this kind of dough on the internet, but mine is different to all the others out there.  I am getting very adept with this dough.  Use a fork to make it come together.  At first it looks impossible (might even have strings of cheese in it), but keep mixing and then turn out on a cutting board.  Knead for a couple of minutes, adding a bit of coconut flour as needed to make a lovely elastic dough. The more coconut flour one can add (usually about 1 tbsp or a bit more), the more bread-like the dough becomes (more substantial).  Since coconut flour is mostly fiber, you're not really adding much in the way of carbs, spread over several servings.  I put the dough ball on parchment paper and cover the dough with plastic wrap and using a  rolling pin (sometimes I use my special small one for pie dough), roll it out with ease.  If at any time the dough becomes resistant to rolling, nuke it approximately 10  to 20 seconds and away you go again!

Here is a pic of the dough ball - lovely, soft and malleable!!

Mozzarella cheeses that I have successfully used with the Miracle Dough and The Sweet Miracle Pastry Dough as well.  I get mine from Price Smart in South America, which is the same as Costco in the United States.

I tried this one a couple of times

I usually grate my own cheese using my 20-year old Braun food processor, which has a ton of gadgets - this is the cheese I use most often - looks like it might be very similar to the one above, however, I think they sometimes add something to their grated cheese to help it last longer.  I could be wrong.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE A BIGGER IMAGE.

4 oz regular cream cheese (125 g)
1/cup heavy cream (125 mL)
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese (45 mL)
2 tbsp water (30 mL)
1 tbsp olive oil (15 mL)
1 tbsp mayonnaise (15 mL)
Liquid sweetener to equal 2 tsp sugar (OPTIONAL) (10 mL)
  (just to balance very savory flavors)
2 tsp lemon juice (10 mL)
1 tsp onion salt (5 mL)
1 tsp cornstarch, OR arrowroot powder (5 mL)
1/tsp crushed garlic (2 mL)
1/tsp Dijon mustard (2 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (1 mL)
1/tsp salt (0.5 mL)
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (750 mL)
  (Rotisserie chicken works well)
4 slices, cooked bacon, chopped
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese (250 mL)
Miracle Dough (double this recipe to use all filling): (Grain-Free version in the Helpful Hints below)
2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese (500 mL)
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 (250 mL)
  (no gelatin needed)
1 egg, fork beaten
1/tsp onion salt (1 mL)
1/tsp garlic powder (1 mL)
1 egg yolk, fork beaten

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

Sauce and Filling: In food processor, process cream cheese.  Add cream, Parmesan cheese, water, olive oil, mayonnaise, liquid sweetener, lemon juice, onion salt, cornstarch, OR arrowroot powder, garlic, Dijon mustard, black pepper and salt; process until smooth.  Place mixture in large pot on stove and bring to the boil while stirring.  Add chicken and bacon; stirring to combine.  Set aside.

Miracle Dough:  In microwave oven in microwaveable bowl, melt Mozzarella cheese.  This took 2 minutes in my 1200 Watt microwave oven. Remove bowl with oven gloves (be very careful!).  Add melted butter. Place Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 on top. In small bowl, beat egg with fork.  Add onion salt and garlic powder.  Add to Mozzarella cheese. Stir with a fork or mixing spoon to form a dough ball. 

Measure five little balls weighing 2.5 oz (70 g) each.  Place a dough ball on parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and roll out into a 6-inch (15 cm) circle. I have a special gadget that makes lovely calzone shapes very easily, but it is not necessary.  In the center of the circle place the filling which will be about 1/4 cup (60 mL) chicken mixture.  Add 2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 60 mL) grated Mozzarella cheese.  Fold the calzone over and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork. Cut three slits spaced evenly apart in the top of the calzones. Brush with egg yolk.

Place the calzones on a greased cookie sheet and on the middle shelf in the oven.  Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until the crust underneath is a lovely golden color (you don’t want to burn them, so check them very closely after 10 minutes has passed).  You can take them out briefly to check the underneath crust.

Helpful Hints:  To reheat, these calzones heat up beautifully (still remaining crispy the first day) in the microwave oven … about 35 to 40 seconds in my microwave oven. You can also reheat them in a moderate oven, I’m sure, and they would be crispy the next day as well. If the dough becomes difficult to roll out (when it has cooled down significantly), place the small balls one at a time in the microwave oven for 10 seconds before rolling out.  This works beautifully.

For a Grain-Free version, use a bake mix made up of 2 cups (500 mL) almond flour and 2/3 cup (150 mL) coconut flour.  Use 3/4  cup (175 mL) of the mixture.  Or, simply use 2/3 cup (150 mL) almond flour and 2 tbsp (30 mL) coconut flour for each batch of Miracle Dough (I have not tested this smaller version, but the Grain-Free Bake mix - yes!). I still prefer the Miracle Dough goodies made with the Gluten-Free Bake Mix, however, this is a very lovely option. (6.9 g net carbs)

Yield:  10 filled calzones
1 calzone
528.7 calories
28.7 g protein
42.2 g fat
0.0 g fiber
7.4 g net carbs

Miracle Dough Analysis by itself:
5 Calzones       6 Calzones  (with Gluten-Free Bake Mix)
320.6                 267.1   calories
15.8 g                13.2 g   protein
25.5 g                21.3 g   fat
0.0 g                  0.0 g    fiber
6.0 g                  5.0 g  net carbs

5 Calzones        6 Calzones (with 2/3 cup almond flour and 2 tbsp coconut flour per batch)
317.8                   264.8   calories
15.8 g                  13.2 g  protein
26.2 g                  21.8 g fat
2.8 g                    2.3 g  fiber
3.9 g                    3.3 g net carbs

Total Batch (with Gluten-Free Bake Mix) = 30.1 g net carbs
Total Batch (grain-free with 2/3 cup almond flour and 2 tbsp coconut flour) = 19.3 g net carbs 

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