The saying "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades" should be extended to include bread dough because it's one of the most forgiving things in cooking. Actually, there's really only one rule to making dough: Don't kill the yeast. About the only way to do that is to use water that's too hot. It is easy to know what's too hot: If water is uncomfortably hot for your finger, it'll kill the yeast.
I call these pockets, though they can be called turnovers or calzones. And I use them in place of sandwiches. I make them on a Sunday and take them for lunch throughout the week.
Getting well-shaped pockets takes some practice. Working with cold dough helps since it's easier to roll and shape than warm dough. Which brings up a good point: dough doesn't have to rise in a warm place, it does just fine in the refrigerator. This means you can make the dough in the morning then put it in the fridge and pretty much forget about it. All you need to do is punch it down when it gets approximately double in size. (Dough that rises up and collapses on itself is usable, but it won't have the poof a punched-down dough will.)
This will make 6 pockets.
You don't need a recipe for stuffing the pockets since the filling can be just about anything—if it goes with bread it'll probably be good. For instance, ham and cheese pockets are pretty good. Or sliced tomatoes, dried basil, salt, pepper, and a slice of mozzarella. You can easily take those ideas upscale by using torn fresh basil, roasted red peppers, goat cheese or crumbled Gorgonzola. But I think you get the picture.
Nevertheless, the filling below is a recent favorite. Use any mushroom you can get your hands on. If you can buy fresh shiitake mushrooms, try them (use only the caps). If portobellos are available, use them. If you want to use several varieties, great, just start with roughly one pound.
This makes about 2-1/2 cups filling...plenty for 6 pockets.
Remember, this needs to cool before using it.
Okay, you've punched down the dough and the filling is at room temperature. Pockets are just around the corner.
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