METALandMIRRORS: Recipe: Sausage Calzones

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Recipe: Sausage Calzones

Calzones; what a great alternative to pizza and the mini ones are great to use a fork or hold in your hand. I find I like the ones I make at home much more than the ones I buy from a pizzeria because I don't feel they are cooked to my liking or all the way through when buying from a pizza place. Or, maybe, it could just be the ones I have been buying from for calzones. I thought I would share my recipe in case anyone else has experienced this or wanted to try it out for themselves. 

Some items that are needed are sweet Italian sausage, bread dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, milk, oregano, and basil. 

Preheat oven to 425*F and grease a baking sheet.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 4 ounces of the sweet Italian sausage and cook until brown and crumbly. Drain grease. Add 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil, 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano, and 1/2 cup tomato sauce into the skillet with the sausage. Simmer this mixture for 10 minutes. 

Divide evenly 1 pound of frozen bread dough that has been thawed into 8 portions. Roll each dough piece into 5 inch circles and spoon mixture onto each piece and top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. 1/2 cup of each cheese should be plenty for all pieces. 

Moisten edges of dough with water and fold dough over to enclose filling and press to seal. The tines of a fork is probably the most efficient way of sealing the dough to prevent leakage. If using fingers to seal, ensure pinching is done on the whole seal. Place each calzone on the baking sheet.  

Beat 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of milk together and brush over the calzones. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. 

As a tip, the fillings that can be used are as many as you can think of that could go on a pizza. Add chopped olives, peppers, or even pineapple as an alternative. 

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