Monday, March 14, 2011

recipe {personal calzones}

for the calzone dough i use this recipe.  it is a yummy and easy homemade pizza dough that only has to rise 10 minutes.  i made 4 calzones total using 1/4 of the dough for each one.  once you make the dough into a ball and let it rise, i then just cut the dough in to 4 equal pieces.  then just roll out each piece.  it doesn't need to be perfect!  if you don't want to make your own dough, then you can just use a store bought pizza dough. 

you can fill your calzones with any of your favorite toppings.  here is what i used:
pasta sauce
ricotta cheese
ground beef, already cooked
turkey pepperoni {super yummy and much better nutrition wise than regular}
green olives
shredded mozzarella cheese

roll out your dough and spread a spoonful of the pasta sauce in the center, but don't get too close to the edges.  after the sauce, spread the ricotta cheese on half of the dough.  then top with your meat and veggies.  sprinkle with cheese.  fold the dough over your toppings and crimp the edges to seal your pocket.  cut 3 slits in the top.  brush with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic sauce.  bake until golden brown in a 400 or 500 degree oven.

**tip** for a crispier crust, place your baking stone in the oven while it heats up.  you want your stone to be HOT when you put the calzones on it.  once your calzones are ready, plop them on the pizza stone.  pre heating the stone and keeping your oven hot will give you a nice crisp crust.


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