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Sausage Calzone

Buon Giorno my friends and welcome to day 2 of sandwich week.  I hope everyone had a great Labor day weekend.  If you stopped by yesterday and read about our Grandfather mountain woes, then you’ll be happy to know that we did indeed make it to the mountain yesterday.  The weather was beautiful, and we were able to squeeze in lunch, a visit to the swinging bridge and a 2 mile hike to Black Rock; and best of all, no one got sick.  All in all, it was a great way to finish off our Labor Day celebration.

But enough about me, let’s get to today’s business.  First up, the giveaway winner!  I threw the number of comments into random.org’s number generator and out popped number 24.  Congratulations to Kristina Churchill!!  She was the 24th comment on Friday’s post.  Kristina, I’ll be emailing your for with more information later today.

To kick off sandwich week, we celebrated American style with the good ol’ fashioned burger, “turkeyed” up all snazzy for your eating pleasure.  Today we’re going to head over the Atlantic (or maybe just make a stop in New York if we’re not up for the long travel) and dive into an Italian treat that we all know and love; the calzone.

This was my first time making calzones and I have to say, I even impressed myself!  These babies were beautiful and delicious to boot.  I’ve pretty much made everything from scratch below, but you can make this as easy or hard as you’d like but simply buying a ball of dough and some pre-jarred pizza sauce instead of making your own if you so desire.  Use my filling or create your own combination of tasty insides.  The sky’s the limit with this tasty sandwich treat!  Let’s get rolling.

Ingredients Needed:

1 ball of your Favorite Homemade or Store Bought Pizza Dough
5 Oz of Pizza Cheese
1 Pd of Sausage
5 Oz of Pepperoni
1 Onion, Chopped
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tbsp of Fresh Basil (or 1 tsp Dry)
1 tsp of Oregano
11/2 Cup of Frozen Spinach
1 Jar of Pizza Sauce
OR
1 14 Oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes
1 tsp of Onion Powder
1 tsp of Oregano
1/2 tsp of Salt
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp of Fresh Basil or (1 tsp Dry)

Start it off by cooking up your sausage.  When your sausage is nearly cooked, add in the pepperoni and cook it up for a minute or two more until all the meat is cooked through.  Drain off the fat.

Now add in the garlic, basil, oregano, and onion and let it all heat up for a good two to three minutes.

Finally, add in your frozen spinach and let it cook up and get hot.  Remove the mixture from heat.

Grab your dough ball, rip a good sized piece off and roll it out about 1/4″ thick.

Grab your filling and spoon in a few decent sized spoonfuls.  Be sure to leave enough room to fold it over and seal up your edges.  Here’s mine.

Fold the dough over your topping and seal the edges up.  I rolled my edges into the top to seal it up. Be sure to cut a few slits in the top of calzone so that steam can release as it cooks in the oven.  And this is optional, but I also brushed some egg white on the tops of these beauties to help them get a nice golden brown color in the oven.

Throw them in a preheated oven set to 425 for 15-20 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown.  I cooked mine on a preheated pizza stone to ensure the bottom had a nice, crispy crust.

While your calzone is cooking, either heat up your jar of sauce or whip up a quick batch of your own.  Mine is nothing amazing or spectacular but it does the job.

Add to your saucepan the tomatoes, onion powder, oregano, salt, olive oil, garlic and basil.  Stir it all together and let it heat up.

Alright, are you ready to see what we’ve created?  Just check this out.  Here they are fresh out of the oven.  Is that gorgeous or what?

And just because I know you’re curious, here’s what we’ve got on the inside.

Hello, Mr. Calzone.  Come take a seat at my table so I can celebrate sandwich week with you.

I shared this post over at Two for Tuesdays and Tasty Tuesdays.

Sausage Calzone

Ingredients:

1 ball of your Favorite Homemade or Store Bought Pizza Dough
5 Oz of Pizza Cheese
1 Pd of Sausage
5 Oz of Pepperoni
1 Onion, Chopped
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tbsp of Fresh Basil (or 1 tsp Dry)
1 tsp of Oregano
11/2 Cup of Frozen Spinach
1 Jar of Pizza Sauce
OR
1 14 Oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes
1 tsp of Onion Powder
1 tsp of Oregano
1/2 tsp of Salt
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp of Fresh Basil or (1 tsp Dry)

Directions:

Start it off by cooking up your sausage. When your sausage is nearly cooked, add in the pepperoni and cook it up for a minute or two more until all the meat is cooked through. Drain off the fat.

Now add in the garlic, basil, oregano, and onion and let it all heat up for a good two to three minutes. Finally, add in your frozen spinach and let it cook up and get hot. Remove the mixture from heat.

Grab your dough ball, rip a good sized piece off and roll it out about 1/4? thick. Grab your filling and spoon in a few decent sized spoonfuls. Be sure to leave enough room to fold it over and seal up your edges.

Fold the dough over your topping and seal the edges up. I rolled my edges into the top to seal it up. Be sure to cut a few slits in the top of calzone so that steam can release as it cooks in the oven. And this is optional, but I also brushed some egg white on the tops of these beauties to help them get a nice golden brown color in the oven.

Throw them in a preheated oven set to 425 for 15-20 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown. I cooked mine on a preheated pizza stone to ensure the bottom had a nice, crispy crust.

For your sauce:

Add to your saucepan the tomatoes, onion powder, oregano, salt, olive oil, garlic and basil. Stir it all together and let it heat up.