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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sausage & Mozzarella Calzones

This recipe was so easy to make! The most time consuming part was browning the sausage, which is nothing. The dough took 5 minutes in the mixer and it was ready to go. I love quick easy meals, especially when everyone eats it too! I found this recipe on a blog called Eat at Home.

1 lb. sausage
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 6oz. can tomato paste + 1 can water
basil, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
mozzarella cheese, the amount depends on how cheesy you like it.

Brown the sausage with the onion and garlic. Drain the grease. Add remaining ingredients, except cheese, and combine them well, letting them heat together for a few minutes.

1 pkg dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tbs. oil
2 1/2 cups flour

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the other ingredients (I used a stand mixer with a dough hook for this step.) Beat the ingredients until well mixed. Let the dough rest 5 minutes.

Now it’s time to assemble the calzones. I made 4 medium sized calzones, but you can make any size you'd like.
1. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll into circles. Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet. Spread 1/4 of the meat mixture onto one side of the dough and add the cheese.Fold the dough over the top and seal the edges. (I used the prongs of a fork to seal my edges.)
2. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes. You'll need to adjust your baking time depending on the size you make.