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Weekend Wine Pairing: BBQ Chicken Calzones with…

Well doesn’t this look like a little guilty pleasure. We’ve seen BBQ chicken pizza, but how about a calzone? This looks super easy, and is probably super tasty. This may be a great Opening Day food and wine event right in your own house. There are a lot of baseball games on the schedule, the weather is taking a turn for the better, and yes, wine pairs well with BBQ food.


BBQ Chicken Calzones

Ingredients (credit: Yummly.com) 

  • 4 slice bacon
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cup chicken breast (shredded cooked chicken breast meat)
  • 2/3 cup barbeque sauce
  • 10 oz pizza crust (refrigerated pizza crust dough)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove from the pan to drain on paper towels; crumble. Add the onion and shredded chicken to the hot bacon grease in the pan. Fry over medium heat until onion is tender. Stir in 1/3 cup of barbeque sauce, and remove from the heat. Mix in the cooked bacon.

Roll the pizza crust dough out onto a greased cookie sheet. Press out to an even thickness, and then cut in half. Divide the chicken mixture between the two pieces of dough, spreading on only half of each piece to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the filling. Sprinkle the cheese and cilantro over the top. Fold the uncovered portion of dough over the filling, and press the edges together with a fork to seal.

Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned to your liking. Cool for a few minutes, then cut each calzone in half. Each serving is half of a calzone. These can be served with additional barbeque sauce if you like.


Wine Pairings:

Malbec: A red wine that’s ripe, plummy, and like a dark berry pie with some clove and vanilla

Chenin Blanc: A sweet white wine with flavors of honey and nectar, ending with a creamy finish

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Hello Vino