Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin & Chorizo Calzones

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Everybody getting ready for Thanksgiving?

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin and Chorizo Calzones, Maybe not everyone, I can’t let myself forget that only a small portion of the world celebrates this holiday. You’d think it would be easier since I live in a country that, for the most part, is oblivious to the fact that millions of Americans will be stuffing their faces in a matter of days and wasting tons of money on giant balloons and parade floats in the name of celebrating…wait what are they celebrating?

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin and Chorizo Calzones (5) Oh yeah, those guys in top hats who basically showed up and stole land from a bunch of native indians. Oops, did I just say that out loud? I meant those good ol’ pilgrims who sailed the flower boat and found that big rock. Yeah, uh huh, those guys. Man, I’ve never thought about it from this perspective. It seems pretty lame when you put it like that. Sorry, I actually do appreciate the heritage of my country of origin. The pilgrims were some amazing people to brave the unknown like they did and I’m sure they all meant well. I’m a bit too much of a realist sometimes.

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin and Chorizo Calzones (3) And don’t get me wrong, I also still love turkey day because of what it means to me and my family. Which is, traditions, being together, and being thankful to God for our blessings no matter where we are geographically. Also, the past few years living in Chile, we’ve been sort of celebrating our own pilgrimage to this country every Thanksgiving. Seriously, after all the flights to get here from where we came from, you feel like you’ve been on the Mayflower for months. I love the holiday season, so much in fact, that even though I’m getting older I still get that excitement that is close to pain when I think of all my favorite things during the season! Okay, but moving on to the recipe before I say any more stupid things…

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin and Chorizo Calzones (7) So these calzones, they’re like little thanksgiving-flavor bombs wrapped in cozy, bready blankets. So much to love! I threw in all kinds of ingredients that you’ll probably see listed and think “what?”. It’s all so amazing when you put it together you guys. My sister even said they were comparable to her love for cake because she couldn’t decide if she wanted dessert or more of these calzones. Based on how much I know she loves cake that is saying a lot.

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin and Chorizo Calzones (4) I know everyone probably has their favorite thanksgiving table item. Maybe it’s the fluffy mashed potatoes, or the perfectly roasted turkey that your dad makes every year. For me, I was the weirdo kid who always went for the stuffing (or is it dressing? I always forget the difference but we call it stuffing). My mom used to make it every year and I’d probably be content with eating only that for Thanksgiving dinner. I think it comes down to all the flavors in it. I mean, those are all the flavors that combine one single flavor that instantly puts me in all of my favorite memories of the holidays. It’s borderline ridiculous how indescribably happy said flavor makes me and I’ve never understood how the majority of people skip the stuffing.

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin and Chorizo Calzones (6) I guess what I’m trying to say is that I was inspired by those flavors to make these calzones with as much of those flavors as I could. It’s kind of my way of taking them all and putting them into one package that most everyone actually enjoys.

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin and Chorizo Calzones (8) And now I feel like I’ve rambled and babbled enough to sufficiently embarrass myself for this entire month so I’m gonna shut up now. I do hope you guys try these though. I think they’d be the perfect appetizer to serve on Thanksgiving, or at any holiday party for that matter. You can also make them bigger or smaller based on how you want to serve them. Make them full size and take them on the go for an easy lunch, yum!

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin and Chorizo Calzones (2)

Mini Cheesy Apple Pumpkin & Chorizo Calzones

Prep Time: 55 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: about 16


    Crust Dough:
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 pound chorizo sausages
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


    Crust Dough:
  1. Combine yeast, sugar, and water in a medium mixing bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly. Add other ingredients and mix until it starts to form a dough.
  2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes. It should be smooth and resilient.Grease a medium bowl and place dough inside. Flip in bowl to cover all sides with oil and cover with towel or plastic wrap. Put in warm place to rise until doubled in size.
  3. Filling:
  4. While dough rises make the filling. Place the chorizos in a medium skillet with lid and place over medium high heat. Cover pan and cook with lid on for about 3 minutes per side, or until browned and fully cooked. Remove chorizos from pan to a plate and set aside to cool off, then cut them into small chunks.
  5. Add bell peppers, apples, garlic, and onion to pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until browned and fragrant. Add the herbs, spices, and brown sugar and stir in well. Drizzle balsamic over mixture and add sour cream and pumpkin puree. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more until some of the liquid has cooked off then reduce heat to low and stir in cheddar and chorizo pieces, then remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Assemble:
  7. Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C) and roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a layer about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 4 1/2 - 5 inch circles and spoon a few tablespoons of filling onto one half of each circle. Brush edges with water and fold circles over filling, then crimp the edges together to seal.
  8. Place them all about 1 inch apart on a parchmant or foil lined baking tray and bake for 22 - 25 minutes until edges are golden brown. Serve warm.

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