I Feel…

Like a Pizza night!

Or to be even more picky, I want a Calzone. A scrumptious, delicious Calzone… (Drooling at the thought.)

I love the ones they have at Pizza Hut, but I don’t want to pay that much for just one when I should share with my husband and daughter as well. Then it hit me: MAKE THEM.

Now here is how I differ from most calzone recipes. I always believed in making with NO sauce in the middle, but rather dip the calzone in sauce.

Very hard to find a recipe with it.

But I found one that I like enough, and I say, you can do it either way. Cook it with sauce in it, or leave the sauce out and dip. Your choice.

(Found at www.5dollardinners.com)

Ingredients
1 cup water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups white flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp sugar
1 package yeast
1 cup spaghetti or pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
About 40 pepperonis
1 Tbsp olive oil
Couple shakes of garlic salt

Directions

Place the first 9 ingredients into bread machine on dough cycle. By hand instructions for pizza dough can be found here.

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1. Once the dough cycle is complete, place the dough on a clean, floured surface.

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2.Knead into a ball.

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3. Divide the dough into 2 balls.

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4. Further divide into 4 balls.

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5. And divide one more time into 8 little dough balls.  (From here, I took 2 of these dough balls and made them into 4, so that I could make “mini-calzones” for the boys.)

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6. Roll out the dough balls into rectangular-oval-ish shapes.  Place onto greased baking sheets.

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7.Place a few pepperonis onto one half of the dough.

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8. Top with some sauce, cheese and more pepperonis.

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9. Fold the other half over.

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10. Pinch the edges together.

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11. And mash the edges together with a fork.  (This step is not necessary, but I like to do it to prevent the sauce from leaking out!)

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12. Brush the top with olive oil.

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13. Sprinkle garlic salt on top.

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14. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Now, these are simple, but look delicious! Definitely worth a shot! I love how the www.5dollardinners.com site shows step by step. This makes it very useful.

Again, I cook without the sauce in, but feel free to put the sauce in like they did. It works either way.

Now, time to go munch!

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