Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Calzones Made Easy

Yield: Serves 4

1 ball of fresh pizza dough (I recommend Whole Food's dough!!)
1 15oz container of Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella
1/4 cup Parmesan 
1 egg
1 jar of your favorite Tomato Sauce  
Pizza Stone
Flour for dusting

1. Place your pizza stone in your oven, set to 400 F, for 20 minutes.
2. Divide up your pizza dough into two or four balls. You can either make two very large calzones or four individual calzones. Dust your counter with flour and very gently flatten the dough with your hands. Work the dough as little as possible so it doesn't become tough or gummy. If you are making four than each circle should be about 8" in diamater and if you are making two each circle should be about 16" in diameter.
3. In a bowl mix together all three of your cheeses. Portion the cheese mixture onto each half of your circles and then fold the dough over top. 
4. Pull your pizza stone out of the oven and dust with flour. Place your calzones carefully on it.
5.  Beat your egg and brush with a pastry brush across each calzone top. 
6. Bake at 400 F for 12-15 minutes depending on how many and how big you made them. Should be a light golden brown when finished and firm to the touch. 
7. Heat your tomato sauce in a microwave safe bowl, in the microwave, for two minutes and serve. 

These calzones are addicting and so easy to make! I highly recommend the fresh pizza dough from the Whole Foods Pizza Counter! Just go up to the counter and ask for fresh dough. It costs $4 and is well worth it for both the taste and ease! 
My children have been turning their noses up at pizza as of late (crazy heads), so I decided to change it up a little and whipped these bad boys up. Yummy! I almost like them better than pizza too. Almost!

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