Hunk of Meat Monday: Calzones

We are pizza lovers. I am a crust lover. I do not have time to make homemade pie crust. I do not always want cardboard pizza and who do you think delivers to the middle of no where? So, I developed my own pizza dish that I call calzones for lack of better name.
Now, this again is one of those recipes that can be doctored to meet your needs and likings. Normally this is a great dish to make when you are feeding a crowd. I make a jelly roll pan size calzone most of the time. But the other night I knew there was no need for enough calzone to feed the entire neighborhood. So, I experimented with my calzone making.

I started with these basic items and grabbed a pound of ground pork sausage out of the freezer.

Yeah, I use pizza sauce and petite diced tomatoes in my calzones. Gotta get those local ‘maters in!

I brown up the sausage and make sure it is tiny pieces thanks to my pampered chef mix and mash. Feel free to throw in onion and garlic if you so desire. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.

Then I prep my pan. Now, I am making this calzone in my metal 9 x 13 pan rather than my stone jelly roll. The key to a good crust for me is in the crispiness. So I start by pouring some olive oil in the bottom of the pan and sprinkling a generous amount of garlic powder on top.

Then, I grab a paper towel and spread the oil and garlic powder all over the bottom and sides of the pan.

Then I grab my tube of Pillsbury thin crust piece dough. Normally I would put the entire crust on the bottom of a jelly roll pan and use an additional tube for the top of the calzone. But this time, I use just one tube. Spread it out in the pan with half hanging over the edge to flip over wants it was filled with my pizza stuffing.

Once the sausage was browned, I drained the fat off and got the rest of my stuffings ready. I rough chopped some pepperoni.

Tossed it in the skillet right on top of the sausage.

Then did the same with some mushrooms and onions. I really like the taste of onion, so I tend to wait till now to throw in the onion. Gives it a stronger raw onion flavor.

Then I poured in the pizza sauce.

Followed by the tomatoes. Now remember to drain the water off of the tomatoes. Someone might have forgotten to do that very important step. Not sure who, but I heard someone did. I also threw in a few pinches of oregano and some salt and pepper.

While your stuffings simmer a few minutes, grab a two cup package of shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle half on the bottom crust.

Once the fillings are thoroughly heated, it is time to start filling your calzone.

I use a slotted spoon to transfer the filling from the skillet to the crust. You don’t want too much liquid in the mixture. It makes the crust more doughy and harder to get done.

Once you have the filling all piled onto the crust, finish off by sprinkling the remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.

Then fold the remaining half of crust over top of the filling.

I sprinkled the top with garlic powder. But, I have an obsession with garlic. Put into a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the top is done to your liking.

I let it sit about 10 minutes to cool slighting before cutting and serving.

Tasty, quick dinner. Always a family pleaser.

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Comments

  1. Katie says

    I can't wait to try this Leah! I have never made it but will for sure on Thursday night when I am home for a meaty meal to prepare. I just linked up with Honey Cashew Chicken Stir Fry. Love Hunk of Meat Mondays!
    katie

  2. Miz Helen says

    Hi Leah,
    We love Calzones and love your recipe, I am giving it a try. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  3. Marcia says

    Great recipe! Keep bringin' it! That looks delicious and my husband orders calzones when we eat out; now I can surprise him with them at home. :)

  4. The Wife of a Dairyman says

    That calzone looks delicious! I just linked up for my 1st time….hope I did it correctly! Great post, Leah:)

  5. cheryl@scrapaddict4sure says

    Wow I am definitely making this my kids love this
    meat , bread and pizza food and thanks for the
    step by step pictures it looks easier to make than I thought . Please stop by and link this recipe
    with me I think my followers would love it,too

  6. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says

    This looks like a real treat – and great for a busy evening too. Thank you for sharing it with The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop!

  7. Dan says

    The Calzone looks delicious! I've seen similar with the tomato sauce omitted and poured on top when serving.

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