Wednesday, July 22

HOW TO: Make Calzones

Making calzones is one of the easiest things to do in your own kitchen. You really only need a few base ingredients to do this, these ingredients are:

1 lb Pizza dough, will make 2 calzones (so will canned dough)
1 cup ricotta cheese
2/3 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzeralla cheese

If you want to have a more resturant quality and flavor than grab the following as well:
1 egg
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp onion owder
1 tsp garlic powder

If you want to add a stuffing such as chicken, pepperoni, vegetables, you cannot use more than a total of 1/2 cup. So I recommened starting with one item or mixing in a small bowl and measuring it out.

Once you have all your ingredients, this will take roughly 30 minutes start to finish and will make two calzones. Which is nice iy your making one for yourself for dinner you can have an extra for lunch tomorrow.

Let us begin what you need to know. First start by preheating your oven to 425', if your oven runs hot preheat to 400'. Next lightly spray a sided baking sheet with cooking spray. (I only recommend sided because if you burst and sauce runs out during cooking, it will spare you some clean up.)

For that great resturant feel and flavor in a small bowl combine parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and dried parsley.

Add in ricotta cheese.

Add in egg and set aside.

Divide your dough into two and roll out 1/4" thick. try to get your dough 10" around or square. Lay on baking sheet so that you are only working with half of the dough, this will be your bottom of the calzone.

Place have the ricotta cheese mixture (or plain ricotta cheese) into the center of this half. Repeat with second piece of dough.

Top each ricotta dallop with 1/3 cup pizza sauce and 1/4 cup shredded mozzerella.

If desired top with up to 1/2 cup filling. (I am using chicken)

Fold top half of dough over and pinch, roll edges around to ensure that they are sealed tight.

To give your calzone a nice eevn color after baking, beat one egg lightly and brush a nice even layer over the tops of the calzones.

Bake in your oven for 12-15 minutes or until a nice even golden color has formed and dough is firm to the touch.

Carefully move to a serving plate and enjoy, serving with extra pizza sauce if desired!