Happy weekend everyone! Why is it that I’m always craving pizza on the weekends? Maybe it’s because it makes the weekend feel more like a party!
I’m not sure if your homes are the same, but for some reason when I make calzones they’re viewed as way more special than “ordinary” homemade pizza. Maybe pizza is more fun to eat in the shape of a calzone? Maybe it looks more appealing this way? Whatever the reason, these are fun, easy, and always a huge hit! They also work great as a freezer meal! I like to stick half of them in the freezer after baking and save them for another day!
The recipe below is for a pepperoni/sausage type filling but you could also try barbeque chicken or Thai chicken pizza filling!
I used to make calzones by filling them with sauce, cheese, veggies, meat etc. Sometimes the sauce would bubble out while they baked and the calzone dough would get soft. This made me crazy! So finally I decided to try a new way and I actually got the idea from the “take and bake” calzones you can buy from Costco. These calzones leave the sauce out, and instead give you a big side of marinara sauce. This way you can bake the calzones to perfection and then smoother them or dip them in marinara sauce afterwards! YUMM! I hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!
Dough for one large pizza
1 pckg. pepperonis
1 lb. Italian sausage or pork sausage
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 (4oz) can olives, drained and chopped (optional)
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzerella cheese
1/2 Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg (for egg wash)
Prepare dough for one large pizza crust.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Brown the sausage in a large skillet. Drain grease. Add onion and bell pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl combine olives (if using), mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
When the sausage has cooled, add it to the bowl.
Grab a dough ball about the size of a racquetball. Using your hands, pat, smash and stretch the dough until it’s 1/4 inch thick. (You can also roll the dough on a floured surface using a rolling pin.)
In a small bowl, beat your egg with a fork. Brush the surface of each calzone with the beaten egg. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until calzones are golden brown.
Serve with a side of warm marinara sauce!
FREEZER MEAL: After baking you can stick them in the freezer for another night! Then just reheat them in your microwave or oven!