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Divertiti!

As much as we love pizza after a while it is nice to have a change.

This is a folded over version of pizza called Calzone. The deep fried version found in some restaurants is called panzarotti.
This is a fun casual dish, perfect for the weekend.
The whole family can get involved rolling out the dough and preparing the toppings.
You can use almost anything as a filling that I haven't already used here such as olives, Italian sausage, bacon, anchovies or ground beef.
This recipe makes 4 large size calzones but the dough can be broken down in even smaller balls and used as appetizers for a party instead of a meal.

So get the whole family in the kitchen and have fun making this wonderful Italian dish.




Stuffed Calzone

  • 2 balls of fresh pizza dough(white or whole wheat)
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce of choice
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 an onion chopped
  • 1 green or red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tsp each of oregano and basil or 1 tbsp Italian seasoning mix.
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup each of diced pepperoni, sliced Genoa salami, diced cherry tomatoes, diced mushrooms, prosciutto and ham.
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • tomato sauce for topping or dipping on the side
Preheat oven to 375F
Divide each ball of dough into half. Roll into 4 balls.
Dust all 4 balls and roll out to about 6 inch diameter circles.
Place on large greased cookie sheet or pizza stones.
Brush with olive oil.
In a nonstick pan cook the onion, pepper and mushrooms until softened.
Add remaining garlic, herbs, meats and vegetables.
Toss to evenly mix.

Place a large spoonful of filling on each calzone shell. Top with cheese blend.
Fold over dough and press together with fingers or a fork.
Brush with olive oil.
Place in oven and bake for 35 min until golden brown.

Meanwhile warm up some basic Italian tomato sauce. If you have any leftover meat mixture that wouldn't fit in the calzones toss it in the sauce.

Serve with sauce on the side or spooned over top.


Wine Suggestion: Red Sangiovese


Cheers!




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