THE UGLY CALZONE

Valerie Butler

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@pepsilluver

Last week my sil bought us all pzones from Pizza Hut. We were all thrilled. However, virtually no meat or filling, even in the meat lovers there was nearly no meat. My daughter and I then decided NO WAY! We were going to make our own Calzones. We took my moms Pizza dough recipe, and all the ingredients everyone here loves and did a build your own calzone. They look really ugly as you will see, (its a work in progress), but they are awesome to eat! Enjoy!


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Serves:

This makes 2 large Calzones. We made 3 bowls of dough and made 6 large Calzones.

Prep:

40 Min

Cook:

15 Min

Ingredients

REMEMBER IT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF INGREDIENTS, BUT BASE IT ON WHAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, WANT IN YOUR CALZONES.

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pizza dough:
1 pkg
dry yeast
2 Tbsp
warm water
1/2 tsp
sugar
3 c
flour
1 c
boiling water, (use lukewarm if you use oil)
2 Tbsp
shortening (crisco) (or vegetable oil)
1 1/2 tsp
salt
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stuff to fill your calzone:
pepperoni
bell pepper, (we used: red, green, orange & yellow) chopped how you like it
green onion, cut up
onion, cut to your preference
mild italian sausage, lightly browned
sweet italian sausage, lightly browned
mushrooms, sliced
tomatoes, sliced and cut up to your preference
ham, cut to your preference
black olives, sliced
cheese: fiesta blend, mozzarella, monterey jack, your choice really
fill your calzones with the things you like!
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pizza dipping sauce (or jarred spaghetti sauce:
1
10 1/2 oz. can tomato puree or sauce
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
1 Tbsp
olive oil, give or take
oregano, ground in your hands and added
italian seasoning, ground in your hand and added

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat your oven to 425 - 475. Dissolve yeast in warm water with sugar, stir slightly, & let sit to rise. Pour boiling water over shortening in bowl, and cool.
2
Combine the shortening mixture, yeast and 1/2 c. flour. Beat until smooth. Add flour till you can not and your dough is still moist.
3
Use the ingredients above and make your dipping sauce. Pretty standard, you can add or omit the ingredients your choose.
4
Spread some flour on the counter and knead your dough to make it into a pretty uniform shape so you can cut it in half.
5
Put one half of your dough back in the bowl and cover. The half you kept out you want to try to shape it in a circle, we had better luck with a rectangle. Roll it out, till it is pretty thin.
6
At this point, you can brush on a bit of your dipping sauce and then start in with your ingredients. We brushed the dipping sauce in some and others we did not.
7
Once you have all your ingredients you want in the calzone, then you start folding it over in pinch it closed all around. If you have alot of excess dough all around, you can cut some of it off before closing it off.
8
At this point, we chose to brush on some Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the top and sprinkle some parmesan cheese over it. You could also do it with italian seasoning instead of parmesan cheese.
9
Put it on a greased cookie sheet. Put it in the oven for 10 to 20 minutes. Depends on your ingredients and how stuffed it is. We put it in for 10 minutes and then flipped it over to be sure both sides were a light golden brown.
10
It is now ready to serve, we had to do this in batches two per cookie sheet, 3 different times as we had to make 6. We had an idea, you could probably also roll out your dough, put it in a pie plate or round cake pan, coming up and out the sides then add your goodies and put another piece over the top, cut off the excess and close it like you would a pie. Then you would virtualy have a calzone pie for 4? Just an idea. Ours were ugly, but my daughter started rolling them like burritos and they came out much better. ENJOY ! ! !

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes, Pizza
Regional Style: Italian