This local pizza place (Esperanto) makes these insanely delicious cheese concoctions that they have dubbed “The Dough-Boy”. I have a hard time venturing downtown without being tempted to order at least one of these. At first glance you think it is a mini calzone… then after the first bite you realize it has a completely different texture/taste. I could comfortably eat three of these bad boys in one sitting if I didn’t care about my health.
So, long story short I wanted to see if I could make a close enough recreation to avoid spending $3.50 a piece whenever I felt the need to indulge myself. Their menu says they are made with sauteed chicken, a cheese blend, scallions, baked in fresh pizza dough. That all sounds doable.
First up: cook the chicken. Esperantos sautes their chicken, but I was feeling especially lazy today so just cut it up and threw it in the wok with a little olive oil and half an onion chopped up. Once the chicken was cooked through I sliced it up even smaller and mixed it with the cream cheese and mozzarella. It most definitely does not look very appetizing right now.
I spread the dough out pretty thin to about the size of my hand, laid some of the mixture in the center and wrapped the dough around every side. Although they are all completely different shapes and sizes, I guess I did a decent enough job because there wasn’t any leakage during baking.
It came out looking good on the outside… and once I took that first bite I knew it was close enough. I will use some different seasoning next time, add and subtract some stuff to make it my own, but overall I am content with the final product.
I made extras to snack on later this week, unfortunately they didn’t make it through the night.
My attempt to recreate a local favorite: Esperanto’s Doughboy. A calzone-esque creation that is filled with cream cheese, chicken, scallions and baked to perfection.