Thursday, May 6, 2010

Calzones



Amazing, just plain amazing. You can go classic with pepperoni and olives, delicious with sausage and peppers, or adventurous with Alfredo, chicken, spinach and tomato. Yum!!! This is really one of my favorite things to make, especially when guests are coming. Perfect for a night in, think about it, pizza calzones, friends, eating in front of the tv, and the San Antonio Spurs winning the game. Yeah?

Use my Best Ever Bread Dough for the calzone. And a warning, this makes a lot of dough. It will make 4 gigantic calzones, or 8 perfect serving size calzones. They are awesome reheated for the next meal, so make away! (I usually half the dough and make 4 medium calzones and 1 pan full of breadsticks or cinnamon sticks.)

Husband Rating: 5 stars
(and this is a recipe he's not afraid to brag about!)

Follow along and adapt to fit your favorite pizza toppings!

Preheat oven to 400. Roll out the dough into a large oval. On half of the oval layer sauce and cheese. Yes, lots of cheese. Top with your favorite toppings. (Calzones are a perfect place to sneak in extra veggies, since you can't see it like on a regular pizza. My husband always picks off a pizza, but just devours a calzone without looking.)

Carefully fold the top part of your calzone over your toppings. Carefully pinch around the outside and fold up the edges. Cut two 1 inch slits in the top (I hadn't done that yet, but you get the idea.)

Melt 3 Tbsp. (or more, if you're making lots) of butter in the microwave. Sprinkle in Parmesan cheese, garlic salt and Italian herbs. With a spoon or pastry brush smear over the top of the calzone. Bake at 400 for 12-15 or until golden brown. (The larger ones can take up to 17, just watch closely the last few minutes).

Serve, pig out, and go back for seconds!!

Blessed with Grace

Linking up with the Harrigan Howdy Recipe Party!

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3 comments:

Camille said...

Yum! My husband and I are going out tomorrow night and I wanted to make something for the kids and sitter that I can also re-heat for lunch on Saturday. These will be PERFECT!

Sarah @HarriganHowdy said...

Oh, yummy!! I need to make these- the sooner the better. :) Great ideas too, with the variety of fillings you've mentioned. Thank you so much for linking up to the Recipe Share Party!

Blessings!
-Sarah

Tami said...

I made these for my parents when they came to visit. The entire dinner my three kids just kept saying, "These are sooo gooood Mom!" Thanks for the great dough recipe that was super simple. I hope to try more of your recipes in the near future.

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