Yield: Roman Pepper Pastry will make approximately 30 to 35 3-inch panzerotti. Crust suggestions: Roman Pepper Pastry Crust, Basic Pizza Dough, Sicilian- style, Semolina, Herb, or Pepper-Lard Dough Six Fillings followed by General Instructions Filling #1:
1/3 cup tomato sauce 1/2 cup mozzarella or scamorza, coarsely shredded 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced 2 fresh basil leaves, finely minced, or 1/4 tsp dried thyme, oregano, or marjoram Freshly ground black pepper to taste Filling #2:
1/3 cup tomato sauce 1/2 cup mozzarella, coarsely shredded 1 -2 oz can anchovies, drained and finely chopped 1 tsp finely minced fresh parsley leaves Freshly ground black pepper to taste Filling #3:
1/2 cup cooked spinach, squeezed dry and finely chopped 1/2 cup ricotta 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup finely minced prosciutto Freshly ground black pepper to taste Filling #4:
1/2 cup cooked spinach, squeezed dry and finely chopped 1 F2 oz can anchovies, drained and finely chopped 2 Tbsp drained capers 2 Tbsp ricotta Freshly ground black pepper to taste Filling #5:
1/2 cup shredded Fontina cheese 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, sauteed in 2 tsp. olive oil until wilted 1 tsp dried herbes de Provence or 1 Tbsp assorted fresh herbs 10 oil-cured black olives, pitted and finely chopped Freshly ground black pepper to taste Filling #6:
1/2 cup ricotta 1/4 cup finely chopped salami 1/2 cup smoked mozzarella, coarsely shredded General Instructions for Panzerotti 1. Preheat the oven to 450F for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough of your choice out to an even 1/8 inch thickness with a rolling pin. If necessary, use dustings of flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
Cut out as many panzerotti as possible using a 3 inch glass as a cutter.
Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl for any of the 6 filling suggestions.
Put a scant teaspoon of filling on one half of each of the circles of dough. (There will be leftover filling if using Roman Pepper Pastry Dough; use it in an omelet.)
Fold the dough over into little crescent shapes, pressing down to seal the edges with your fingers. Place each one on an oiled baking sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly colored. Or deep-fry in 2 inches of vegetable oil until golden. Panzerotti are best served piping hot. Freezing Panzerotti Freeze the raw panzerotti in one layer on a baking sheet. Once they are frozen solid, they can be transferred to plastic bags. The can be frozen up to 4 months.
Reheating Panzerotti To reheat Panzerotti,simply put them on a baking sheet and warm them up in a 350F oven for 10 to 15 minutes. To bake frozen panzerotti, preheat the oven to 450F. Lay the panzerotti on a baking sheet and cover them tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Then remove the foil and continue baking until turnovers are golden brown.