Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Calzone To Die For!!


On a recent trip to Italy I was fortunate enough to try the local goodies from the fast pizza shops and stands. One yummy treat was the calzone! It is a stuffed pizza enclosed like a pie. When I got home I thought I would make my own.

Calzone

1 pkg. prepared pizza dough (I used Trader Joe's)
1 15oz. container ricotta cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage 
1/2 onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh parsley
1/2 tsp  fresh oregano
salt & pepper

Saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil until soft. Add the ground beef or sausage. Add salt and pepper. Cook until the pink is gone, mashing with a fork to make it fine. When done set aside and let slighly cool. Combine ricotta cheese with the mozzarella, egg, oregano, & parsley. Combine cheese mixture with the meat mixture. 

Break off small handfuls of the pizza dough (about 1 to 2 oz.). Roll each ball on a lightly floured surface to form a circle. Place a few tablespoons of the meat & cheese mixture in the middle of the circle. Be careful not to let it touch the edges of the circle. Fold the circle in half with the mixture in it. Close the two sides shut by pinching and folding the dough around the open edge. Place each calzone on a parchment lined baking sheet. Before putting the oven, brush the top of each calzone with a little beaten egg. Bake in a 400 for 10-12 minutes. Serve with a marinara sauce on the side.

* you can use any type of filling in these; scrambled eggs, ham, or pepperoni. 


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