9/5/15 Adventures in Grilling; Calzones and Harvest Burgers

On the 5th, Saturday, I think I really had to take reign of my situation of not having a working oven. I conquered the problem with fervor, creativity and a force not to be messed with. I made a really creative lunch of calzones on my grill and even managed to make dinner of hamburgers on my portable grill also.

I had everything to make homemade pizza; dough from the food bank, fresh mushrooms, my homemade heirloom tomato sauce, fresh cloves of garlic lots of mozzarella, and the last of my bulk olive oil, I was not letting not having an oven stop me from making bomb pizza.

I took a whole lot of pictures of the amazing ingredients I had to work with. I had glamour shots of dicing garlic, shots of the pizza dough stretched out to the size of the grill I had, and even glamour shot of the diced mushrooms. I hope I can get them all uploaded. I was happy to have gone to the food bank on Friday and have a whole bunch of fresh new ingredients to work with, even though I had to find the most creative ways to get it cooked.

Here are some of the photos of ingredients mentioned above.

both doughs
both doughs
pizza dough with mushrooms and tomato
pizza dough with mushrooms and tomato
diced mushrooms
diced mushrooms
diced garlic
diced garlic

I had the most fresh large mycopia mushrooms from the food bank and I decided to grill some of them up first to see how they grilled. They looked like little fillets of abalone or fish and I even posted some guessing games as to have people guess to what I had grilled because it looked like so many different proteins. I grilled a plateful, about 1 ½ large mushrooms with veggie oil on my grill while I was making my first pizza, I was trying to get the grill as hot as I could get it but it only would show 425 degrees on the digital reading.

It was only after I dressed the first pizza dough with some sauce, garlic on the outside crust and mushrooms, and cheese did I realize it was stuck on the pan and too large to move to the grill.

Here is a picture of the pizza before cheese.

before cheese on the pizza
before cheese on the pizza
close up of pizza before cheese
close up of pizza before cheese

So I had to fold the dough up into a calzone and fold the edges again unto itself, it moved onto the grill then and I hoped for the best.

Here is a picture of my first calzone transferred to the grill with some mushrooms grilling.

before the flip
before the flip
grilling the mushrooms and calzone
grilling the mushrooms and calzone

I ended up making 2 calzones and everyone was happy with the results. I have some things to change for next time though, I will not make it so thick on the crust part, because I folded the crusts in, then made another fold over for the calzones the crusts were too thick, and I used way too much garlic, at least I should have made the pieces smaller, they were really chunky. I also could have used some meat inside of them, like sausage or pepperoni, and for next time I will be sure to remember that.

Here are the rest of the plated and mushroom pictures.

calzone and mushrooms
calzone and mushrooms

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close up of calzone
close up of calzone
my first bite
my first bite

I also made “Harvest Burgers” for dinner. We diced up some granny smith, with the leftover diced mushrooms from the pizza makings, and added some shredded carrots. I mixed that with some ground beef and seasonings and grilled them up as burgers on the grill. We had a side of mashed potatoes with them that I made it the rice cooker. I think that I will be making “harvest burgers” again, and maybe add squash or sweet potato also next time. I really liked how the veggies and fruit tasted in the burger. It was my husbands idea and when I googled it I found the recipe, I am sure grateful that he thought of such a great idea, we all loved it and wanted seconds.

Here are some pictures of the harvest burgers.

cooking the burgers wrapped in bacon fat
cooking the burgers wrapped in bacon fat
after the harvest burgers were done
after the harvest burgers were done

I also used fresh fort bragg bakery bread from the food bank for these burgers.

Until next time in the boho kitchen!

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