Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Homemade Calzones

Pizza Hut ain't got nothing on me!
This was the first time I made this delish dish and it turned out fabuloussss
It was so easy and beat the hell out of store bought pizza.
Its even better as leftovers :)

The tasty pizza dough
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) yeast
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 cup very warm water

Combine yeast, sugar, 1 cup of the flour, and salt in a large bowl.

Add the warm water and oil, then mix.

Stir in remaining flour slowly until dough is soft and not too sticky.

Knead until smooth.

 Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes before making the calzone.

The yummy calzone
pizza sauce
toppings (pepperoni, sausange, olives, mushrooms, peppers, onion, etccccc.)

Once the dough has sat long enough, roll/pat the dough into a rectangle the length of your baking sheet. It can be wider than the sheet because you will be folding the sides in. Place the dough on the baking sheet and let the sides hang off if needed.

Cut the dough on the sides at about 3/4 inch intervals.

Then put the pizza sauce in the center of the dough.
(I used Ragu Homemade Style Pizza Sauce)
Next, you can add all of your favorite toppings! Being Miss Picky, I just added sausage.
Then comes the best part... the cheese! I added lots and lots of Mozzarella.
Now, start at the bottom and alternating sides, overlap the strips of dough onto the filling in a lattice pattern. You can stretch the pieces to fit all the way over the filling.

Bake your calzone at 375° F (190° C) for about 25-30 minutes.
Once it's cool, cut the calzone into slices.
All the goodies are sealed inside the bread. Portable delicious pizza! 

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