Step by Step Directions How to Make Calzone Pizza

calzone pizzaCalzone Pizza is a Italian pizza. One day I messed up on sliding a pizza into the oven; part of it folded onto itself on the baking stone. I couldn’t take it back out, and I couldn’t bake it the way it was. So I finished the job, folded it over (and not too neatly), encasing the filling entirely in the dough. Thus, by making the best of a bad situation, I ‘discovered’ homemade calzone. Intentionally made calzone is better than that, since the filling is neatly enclosed in the dough. While you can fill a calzone with any pizza toppings, it’s best with cheese and something else, rather than all cheese. The filling should be substantial and fairly dry; very wet fillings will leak or make the dough soggy; that’s why drained ricotta is an ideal base. Serve calzone with tomato sauce for dipping or topping. Or naked, as they usually do in Naples, where it’s from. Step by step directions:

CALZONE PIZZA RECIPE
INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. sausage (or use ground beef)

1 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 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 the other ingredients and combine them well, letting them heat together for a few minutes.

For every one crust:

1 pkg dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)

1 cup warm water

1 tsp. sugar

2 Tbs. oil

2 1/2 cups flour

DIRECTIONS:
This recipe makes 2 calzones (4 main-dish servings)
Prepare time: About 1 hour with pre made dough
Follow the directions carefully. Hope you like the calzone pizza recipe and Bon Apetit.

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