Presenter:  Becky

Introduction: 

As I have talked about several times over the last year, we love pizza in our house! Sometimes I like to change it up and make calzones instead of pizza.  A calzone is like a stuffed pizza without the sauce inside.  We serve pizza sauce and ranch dressing on the side.  

If you want some tips and tricks for pizza making you can refer to this post I did a few months back.  

Resources:

  • Pizza Stone
  • rolling pin
  • non stick skillet
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • parchment paper

Procurements:

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Calzone

  • 1 lb. ball of pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  • 1/2 C ricotta cheese
  • 1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 C +1 T Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 lb hot or sweet sausage, ground
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 t. olive oil

Meat Calzone

  • 1 lb. ball of pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  • 1/2 C ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 C mozzarella cheese, shredded & divided
  • 1/2 C +1 T Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 lb hot or sweet sausage, ground
  • 1 C pepperoni, diced
  • 2 t. olive oil

Operating Procedures:

For both versions, preheat oven to 450 degrees with pizza stone in the lower third of the oven for 30 minutes prior to cooking calzones.

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Calzone

In a large non-stick skillet heated to medium high, cook ground sausage and crumble with wooden spoon until cooked through. Drain on paper towels to remove excess grease and set aside to cool.

Sizzling Meat!

Sizzling Meat!

While sausage is cooking, slice peppers and onions. Once sausage has been removed, cook peppers and onions in the same pan until they cooked to your liking.  We like them crisp tender and cook them about 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

Perfectly crisp tender veggies!

Perfectly crisp tender veggies!

While sausage is cooling, mix ricotta, 1 cup mozzeralla, and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese in a bowl and set aside.

A little bit of cheesy heaven!

A little bit of cheesy heaven!

Once all filling components are ready, roll out dough into a 12 inch circle (or as close to a circle as you can!)  On the half of the dough closest to you, spread out the cheese mixture, leaving a half inch border.  Then lay out sausage on top of cheese mixture.  Spread out peppers and onions on top of the sausage layer. Finish by spreading 1/2 cup mozzarella on top of everything else.

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Then, fold over the top half of the dough and pull up bottom portion of dough and crease over top layer of dough to seal the layers together. Cut three to four slits in the top of calzone to allow steam to escape.

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Brush olive oil on the top of the calzone and place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

*I build my calzones on parchment paper to make transport easier. This step is not necessary, but very helpful!*

*The meat calzone directions are exactly the same except use pepperoni instead of the peppers and onions. Everything else is the same!*

Proposals:

 I serve this with a simple side salad and it makes a fabulous meal!

Closing Remarks:

You can stuff calzones with anything you want! The possibilites are endless.  You can even stuff it will sweet fillings, like Nutella and marshmallows or strawberries and chocolate chips! I think I will definitely be trying those combos soon and will let you know how they go!

Calzones- Two Ways
An easy and scrumptious alternative to pizza!
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Ingredients
  1. Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Calzone
  2. 1 lb. ball of pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  3. 1/2 C ricotta cheese
  4. 1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
  5. 1/2 C +1 T Parmesan cheese, grated
  6. 1 lb hot or sweet sausage, ground
  7. 1 red pepper, sliced
  8. 1 sweet onion, sliced
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. 2 t. olive oil
  11. Meat Calzone
  12. 1 lb. ball of pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  13. 1/2 C ricotta cheese
  14. 1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
  15. 1/2 C +1 T Parmesan cheese, grated
  16. 1/2 lb hot or sweet sausage, ground
  17. 1 C pepperoni, diced
  18. 2 t. olive oil
Instructions
  1. For both versions, preheat oven to 450 degrees with pizza stone in the lower third of the oven for 30 minutes prior to cooking calzones.
  2. Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Calzone
  3. In a large non-stick skillet heated to medium high, cook ground sausage and crumble with wooden spoon until cooked through. Drain on paper towels to remove excess grease and set aside to cool.
  4. While sausage is cooking, slice peppers and onions. Once sausage has been removed, cook peppers and onions in the same pan until they cooked to your liking. We like them crisp tender and cook them about 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
  5. While sausage is cooling, mix ricotta, mozzeralla, and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese in a bowl and set aside.
  6. Once all filling components are ready, roll out dough into a 12 inch circle (or as close to a circle as you can!) On the half of the dough closest to you, spread out the cheese mixture, leaving a half inch border. Then lay out sausage on top of cheese mixture. Finish by spreading out peppers and onions on top of the sausage layer.
  7. Then, fold over the top half of the dough and pull up bottom portion of dough and crease over top layer of dough to seal the layers together.
  8. Brush olive oil on the top of the calzone and place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. *I build my calzones on parchment paper to make transport easier. This step is not necessary, but very helpful!*
  10. *The meat calzone directions are exactly the same except use pepperoni instead of the peppers and onions. Everything else is the same!*
Notes
  1. I serve this with a simple side salad and it makes a fabulous meal!
  2. You can stuff calzones with anything you want! The possibilites are endless. You can even stuff it will sweet fillings, like Nutella and marshmallows or strawberries and chocolate chips! I think I will definitely be trying those combos soon and will let you know how they go!
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