Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pepperoni Calzones

I let Mr. Picky decide on dinner last night since he was buying. But I didn't like what he picked so I decided to make calzones. :) I really was just craving anything with my homemade marinara sauce, and calzones fit the bill. The great thing about calzones is that you can make them to suit anyones tastes. They're also pretty easy to make!



I bought a ball of frozen pizza dough and let it thaw under a damp towel for a couple of hours. I then was presented with the task of separating the dough into two separate balls and stretching it out. This frustrated me. If any of you have been around me when I'm trying to do something that frustrates me I quickly transform from a woman to a 4 year old child that pouts and screams. I walked away from the dough and came back and formed to nicely shaped 10 inch rounds to build my calzones. A sight for sure.

Speaking of sights... I found myself watching some Martha Stewart special on pies Saturday night on the cooking channel. (I mean....I was out raging with all my friends). Anyways I finally learned how to make crusts look pretty. I was happy to use my new skill.

-Ingredients-
1 ball frozen pizza dough
7 oz ricotta cheese (about half of a small container)
1 c mozzarella cheese
1/4 c parmesan cheese
~Optional Ingredients~
Pepperoni
cooked sausage
ham
pineapple
onions
black olives
etc...

-Directions-

1. Thaw dough (either in the fridge overnight or for 3ish hours at room temperature.) Separate dough into two equal parts. Lightly flour and roll or stretch into 2 10-inch rounds. Place on a greased baking sheet and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine cheeses. Separate into two equal portions and place on one half of your calzones. Then pick your pizza toppings and add them to your calzones. I added a handful of pepperoni to each, some sliced deli him and onions to mine. I put black olives in Mr. Picky's. The possibilities are endless! I mixed some of the toppings in with the cheese and placed the rest on top.
3. Fold the dough over and seal the edges well. Poke holes in the top of the calzone to let the steam out.
4. Bake your calzones at 450* for 10-15 minutes or until hot and golden brown.
5. Enjoy with your favorite marinara dipping sauce! (I made my own. Very against jarred sauces. Yuck.)

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