Make-Your-Own Calzone

When my husband and I got married, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law put together a cookbook with some of their favorite recipes. It is such a great gift because it included recipes Jake ate growing up. 

When we moved a few months ago, I put all my cookbooks in a drawer and completely forgot about them. Luckily when I was wondering what to make for dinner this weekend, Jake remembered this calzone/pizza dough recipe and we pulled that cute red cookbook out of the drawer and got to baking.

This calzone was seriously the best I have ever had. I'm not a big fan of calzone, and probably haven't had any for quite a few years. Now I want to eat this calzone for every meal. Of course I won't, but if you come over for dinner sometime soon, there's a big chance we'll be making this.

Here's what you need:
-2 Packets dry active yeast
-2 c. warm water
-2 tsp Salt
-6 Tbs Olive Oil
-1 tsp sugar
-5 cups of Flour (and a little extra for rolling the dough)

Toppings It's up to you! Get creative. Here are a few suggestions.
-Marinara Sauce
-Mozzarella cheese
-Pepperoni slices
-Canadian Bacon
-Pineapple chunks
-Green pepper chunks

Here's what you do:
-Dissolve yeast in water
- Add olive oil, sugar, and salt. Let sit for about 8 minutes
-Add mixture to the flour in a large mixing bowl. Kneed until smooth. (add more flour if needed)
-Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and set in a warm place to rise for 1-2 hours. Dough will double in size.
-Preheat oven to 400 F
-Divide dough into 6 equal pieces.
-Roll out each piece on a floured surface until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.
-Let each person assemble their calzone with the toppings they like.
-Fold calzones in half and fold over the edges to keep the toppings inside.
-Place calzones on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 min.

These are fun to make with a big group of people. Make sure you decorate the top of your calzone so you can pick yours apart from the rest after they bake.


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