Friday, February 10, 2012

Cheesesteak Calzones

I've been all about saving money lately and trying to figure out what to make with what is on sale and what I already have. This week "Steak Ums" frozen steaks were on sale at 2 local grocery stores. (They were buy one get one free but I only bought one so it rung up half price. weee!) I had never used Steak Ums before and I was skeptical but they turned out to be a good little convenience food. Now I know!

I also remembered I had a pizza dough in the freezer I have been itching to use. Problem solved. Cheesesteak calzones. Served with a side of Heinz 57 and we were in heaven!

This made two LARGE calzones. I only ate half of mine. Mr. Picky of course ate his entire thing and would have eaten the rest of mine had I not put onions in it. (I may have done that on purpose..) You could easily seperate the ingredients into 4 smaller calzones. Just cut your dough ball into 4 portions instead of two. Easy.

(This picture leaves something to be desired...sorry for it. But it really did TASTE good!)

-Ingredients-

1 ball pizza dough
1 10.5 oz box Steak Ums brand steaks (I think it was 10.5 oz.. it was the box with 7 steaks)
1/2 c ricotta cheese
1/4 c shredded cheese (I used a blend I had in the fridge)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt
pepper
4 provolone cheese slices (or mozzarella or American)
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 small onion, sliced (optional)
sliced green peppers (optional)
sliced mushrooms (optional)

-Directions-

1. Preheat oven to 450*. In a skillet over medium heat, sautee your vegetables of choice in the butter until softened. I only used onion. Remove from heat to a paper towel lined plate.
2. Prepare steaks according to package instructions, being sure to season each one with salt and pepper as you go. Chop them up with your spatula. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
3. Separate your dough ball into two even portions. Form each one into a ball. Roll and stretch each ball into a roughly 10" circle on a floured surface.
4. Mix your ricotta, garlic powder, shredded cheese, about 1/8 tsp salt and a few cracks of fresh pepper in a small bowl. Place 1/4 c of this mixture on each dough round, making sure to leave space around all the edges.
5. Layer meat on top of ricotta mixture. They layer on your veggies of choice. Top with 2 pieces of sliced cheese in each calzone.
6. Fold your dough over to form a calzone and seal the edges.
7. Poke holes in the top to let steam escape.
8. Bake in a 450* oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Let cool for a couple of minutes and serve with hot pizza sauce, A1, or Heinz 57.

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