Calzone

Who doesn’t love a calzone?  I mean who says, “Yeah I don’t really care for cheese, herbs, and toppings of choice wrapped in warm bread.”  I’ll tell you who…NO ONE.  Because calzones are that good.  In my opinion, it’s the better version of pizza (which is also a food item that everyone loves).

So today I’m gonna show you how to make your own calzone at home!  First I’ll start by telling you a secret…I totally made mistake after mistake while cooking this and it still came out tasting delicious.  It’s fool proof!  The first mistake I made was trying to get my pre-made, store-bought pizza dough to go from a rectangular shape to a round shape.  Not that the shape has any bearing on taste, but I just wanted that traditional looking semi-circle calzone so I needed my dough to roll out into a full circle before I folded it in half. Well, apparently that pre-made, store-bought dough does NOT appreciate being reshaped.  It was made to be rectangular, and by golly, it was not gonna change.  I rolled and kneaded and rolled and kneaded, and things just kept getting worse.  It got holes in it, it stuck to my granite, it was tearing and shredding, and nothing was going my way.  I tried rolling it into a ball and stretching it out like the pros do…and well…it just kept shrinking and tearing.  Finally I got it sorta back into it’s original rectangular shape and just decided to go with it (by now I had wasted like 20 minutes on this stupid dough).

The other mistake I made was after putting on the cheese, I forgot to put the pepperonis on top.  I just folded over that poor mangled dough and sealed it together as best I could…and then realized the pepperonis were still in the package….So I just cooked it without the pepperoni, heated them up in the microwave, and then shoved them inside the calzone once I cut it.  Voila!  Problem solved!

And lastly, stoneware doesn’t require much (if any) cooking spray.  I tried to lightly spray mine, but my little spritzer on the can is broken and it got the oily stuff everywhere.  When I put it in the oven, it stank to high heaven.   It was definitely not an appetizing smell.  But it still tasted great!

So there you go…you can make tons of mistakes and still be almost guaranteed a delicious dinner.  Just don’t burn it and you should be fine! :-)

Calzone

Source:  Plain Chicken

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 can refrigerated pizza dough
7 1/2 oz ricotta cheese
3 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 oz parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 egg white
Fillings of your choice
Olive Oil
Italian Seasoning
Pizza sauce for dipping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Mix together all cheeses, Italian seasoning and egg white.

Roll out pizza dough on parchment paper.  Spread the cheese mixture over half of the pizza dough to within one inch of edge.  Top with your meat and/or veggies.  Fold the opposite side of the dough over the filling and pinch edges to seal.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Brush the calzone with some olive oil and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning.  Bake 5 minutes more, or until golden brown.  Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

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