Have you ever had a calzone? They’re delicious! Think pizza folded in half. Only instead of your typical pizza toppings, calzones doesn’t have a sauce, and are filled with a cheesy, pizza topping mixture. The crust gets nice and crusty on the outside, and the cheese turns delightfully molten on the inside (don’t burn yourself!). Dip it in a marinara sauce, and you might even consider swearing off “normal” pizza for good.
First, make up your dough and let it rise.
While it’s rising, make your filling. Brown the sausage, dice the pepperoni, shred the cheese, mix it all together.
After the dough is done, punch it down and divide it into two. On a floured surface, roll out each half. Cover one half of the dough with half of the filling, leaving a border around the edge.
Fold the other side over the top, and brush with egg wash (a beaten egg+a Tbs. water).
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with a hearty side of marinara sauce.
This recipe is a winner and is a fun twist on traditional pizza. Give it a try!
- 2 1/4 tsp. yeast
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees F)
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 cups flour, divided
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup pepperoni, diced
- 1/2 lb. ground sausage, cooked and drained
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced (about 6 small)
- 1/2 onion, diced finely
- 1 Tbs. dried basil
- 1 Tbs. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 egg, beaten and mixed with 1 Tbs. water
- Mix yeast and sugar in water. Note: Make sure your water is the right temperature! Allow mixture to sit and proof for 5 minutes.
- In a bowl, mix water and yeast with olive oil, 1 cup of flour, and salt. Once smooth, add 1 1/2 cups of flour, reserving the remaining 1/2 cup for kneading. Dump the dough onto the counter, and start kneading. Add flour as needed. The goal is an elastic dough that isn't sticky. Kneading should take about 5 minutes.
- Put the dough into a clean bowl with 1 tsp. olive oil. Turn dough to coat. Cover the bowl with saran wrap, and allow to rise for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- While the dough is rising, cook and drain the 1/2 lb. of sausage. Add it to a bowl, and mix in the cheeses, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, basil, oregano, and garlic powder.
- When the dough is doubled in size, or nearly so, punch it down and divide in half.
- Roll out one half into a circle, and put half of the cheese mixture on half of the dough. Fold and press to seal. Repeat with the second half of the dough and the second half of cheese mixture.
- Beat one egg with 1 Tbs. of water. Use a basting brush to coat the tops in egg wash.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees, or until the top is golden brown and the crust is cooked through. Serve with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com.
Happy calzone making!