Monday, May 10

Solar Turnover With Carmelized Onions, Greens, Mushrooms & Three Cheeses

Pizza Dough Turnover With Carmelized Onions, Greens, Mushrooms & Three Cheeses
Pizza Dough Turnover? -- what the heck is that? It all started when I wanted to make a galette but then I remembered that they're mostly used for sweet dishes and I don't really care for sweet entrees. No, I was more in the mood for a chewier pizza dough.  In the broadest sense, I could have called it a 'calzone,'; but I didn't want to make a tomato sauce. I just wanted a dough to stuff with carmelized onions, greens, mushrooms and cheese, so, this is my solar turnover and my vegetarian friends are going to love it! 

The Pizza Dough Recipe:
This is a very simple pizza dough recipe and you can make it any way that you like -- in a processor, stand mixer, or the dough setting of your bread machine.  Use 3-1/2 cups all purpose/bread flour, 1 cup warm (85F - 115F) water, 2 Tablespoons yeast, 2 Tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup Olive Oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt.

In the processor or stand mixer, you'll want to add the ingredients a little at a time, the let the machines run till a dough ball is formed. Place dough ball in another bowl, cover, let rise till doubled. Punch down and knead for at least two minutes to get the gluten working.  If you are using a bread machine, just add all the ingredients in the order suggested by the manufacturer and remove at end of cycle. Punch down and knead for at least two minutes to get the gluten working. Hand-press dough into a large circle down to about 1/2" depth; use rolling pin to reduce depth to about 1/4". Make circle large enough to cover tray and have at least two inches beyond to form top of turnover.
The Filling:
You will need two large thinly sliced Vidalia onions; 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, 1 cup softened and sliced greens of your choice, and at least three shredded cheeses. I used 1-1/2 cups English Cheddar Excalibur pw, 1 cup Sharp Cheddar, and 1/2 cup Mozzarella. Herbs and spices added to carmelized onions: 1 teaspoon parsley, 1/2 teaspoon tarragon, 1/4 teaspoon rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon marjoram, 1/4 teaspoon mace, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste.
In 2 Tablespoons tallow/oil over low heat, thoroughly carmelize onions. This will take about 30-45 minutes. Remove from heat and add herbs and spices; stir thoroughly and set aside to cool.
Shred cheeses and slice mushrooms. Clean, roll and slice greens, place in bowl and soften for about 2 minutes in microwave on high. Set aside to cool. Preheat solar oven.
Use parchment paper or lightly grease a large cookie sheet or round pizza pan for baking. If you make the dough, first, you will have plenty of time to prepare the other ingredients and they will all be ready at the same time. Sprinkle a small layer of the cheeses on the dough, then add the carmelized onion and sprinkle some more cheese on the onions. Add sliced mushrooms and greens. Generously sprinkle cheeses over top.

Use your hands to gently stretch out the excess dough and encase filling by bringing dough to center. You will completely cover the filling mixture. Take remaining cheeses and sprinkle over top of turnover.
Bake until crust is cooked and golden, approximately 50-75 minutes. Conventional oven - 5500BTUs; solar oven - FREE!  Remove from oven and let rest for at least fifteen minutes before slicing. Enjoy...


  1. that looks so yummy. that is almost the same pizza crust recipe I use except less flour and garlic salt instead of regular salt.

  2. Smart idea! Must try it the next time I feel for pizza!
    Have a great day now!

  3. Oh. My. you had me "pizza dough". YUM!!!

  4. I'm not exactly a vegetarian and this looks delicious!!

  5. I love the idea of omitting the tomato sauce too. This looks so delicious.


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