I consider a ball of pizza dough to be one of my favorite blank canvases. The possibilities are literally endless when you have pizza dough – you can make anything from breadsticks to stromboli to countless different kinds of pizzas. We typically eat homemade pizza once a week, but this week I had a hankering for something different. I mentioned calzones to my husband and he responded with an enthusiastic “Heck yes!” and so it went on the menu.
Calzones are really no more difficult to make than homemade pizza, and I love how pretty the braided dough makes it look. The filling peeks through the windows of dough giving you a quick glimpse of the glorious ingredients inside. I chose to stick with a simple sausage and cheese calzone, but you can of course use any ingredients you choose. Calzones are also great at camouflaging veggies, so you can get more of them into your picky kids (or husbands 😉 ).
Sausage and Cheese Calzone
Yields: About 4 servings
1/2 batch pizza dough
1 cup pizza sauce
6 slices provolone cheese
Ground sausage, browned and drained
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Any other pizza toppings of your choosing
Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven, and preheat your oven to 500 degrees F. (You want your stone to heat at least 30 minutes before cooking the pizza).
On top of a piece of parchment paper, sprinkle some cornmeal on top, then roll out your pizza dough into a large rectangle. In the middle third of the dough, layer the calzone with the provolone cheese, ground sausage and pizza sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top, and add any additional toppings that you’d like.
Using a sharp knife, cut 1 inch slits along each side of the calzone, right up the filling. Starting at one end, take each strip of dough and wrap it across the filling, and gently pinch the dough so it sticks. Alternate sides,until the calzone is braided.
Gently brush the calzone with olive oil, then sprinkle Italian seasoning on top. Using a pizza peel or another baking sheet, gently transfer the calzone to oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the dough is browned and the cheese is melted.
Use a pizza cutter to cut into wedges, and serve with additional pizza sauce and a glass of wine.
Source: A Cooking with Chrissy original