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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quick Sausage Calzones

I love calzones, but never seem to be able to find the right stuffing mixture to my taste at our favorite Italian restaurants.  I found a Rachel Ray cookbook that had a worthwhile recipe and after a few tweaks, I think I found a winner.

I know what you're thinking.  Rachel Ray is super annoying.  I don't disagree.  But her recipes are great, easy, and approachable.  Anyone can conquer these quick recipes and come out a dinner super hero for their family!!!

Quick Sausage Calzones

1 lb. Italian sausage (sweet or hot, whichever you prefer)
2 cups Ricotta
1 cup mozzarella
1 cup Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
3-4 shakes grated nutmeg
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1-2 store bought pizza dough (1 ball of dough makes two large calzones, 2 balls of dough makes 4 smaller calzones)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup marinara or pizza sauce heated for dipping

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Brown sausage over medium high heat.  When thoroughly cooked, drain on paper towels.  Combine ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, nutmeg, and pepper.  Stir in cooked sausage.  Divide pizza dough into two equal portions.  Stretch each portion to 8.5" X 11" rectangle.  Pile half of sausage and cheese mixture onto one side of the dough.  Pull empty half of dough over the cheese mixture and pinch closed.  Place on baking sheet.  Brush with olive oil.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

***Don't like this combination of ingredients???  Try your favorite combination of vegetables, meats, and cheeses!

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