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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Calzones at Home

I was watching the Pioneer Woman on the cooking channel and she made these delicious calzones. (Who doesn't love the Pioneer Woman??) They looked so tasty we decided to give it a whirl (and changed up a few things).

Verdict: Husband ate 4 in one night!

Calzones

1 tube thin pizza crust (by the canned biscuits at the grocery)
15 oz. ricotta cheese
3 eggs
parsley, chopped (eyeball it)
breakfast sausage (HOT)
pepperonis
sliced mushrooms
green pepper, rough chop
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
italian seasoning
red pepper flakes
black pepper
marinara sauce for dipping

Crumble and brown the sausage in a skillet and drain off excess fat. Set aside. Saute the onion in the same pan just until softened. Turn off heat.


Combine ricotta cheese, 2 eggs, parsley, parm cheese, mozzarella, and seasonings in a medium mixing bowl. Fold in onions. This is your calzone filling.



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. (I put foil on my sheet and then sprayed it down.) Slice the pizza crust into whatever size you would like your calzone to be. Some of ours were bigger (for husband) and some smaller. Spoon a healthy amount of the filling in the middle of the pizza crust and top with whatever you like...mushrooms, bell pepper, sausage, pepperoni...we made each one a little different.


Fold the edges to cover everything. Beat one egg and brush the outside of each calzone until covered. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce. YUM!


Note: The filling is enough to make probably 8-10 calzones. Next time I would probably cut the filling in half for just the two of us. The prep on this recipe can be a little bit time consuming, but I say it's worth it!

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