Mister’s Simple & Quick Calzones

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Mister has worked in pizza kitchens for the majority of his life, so when I had a hankering for calzones, I knew it was best to just let him take over in the kitchen. I love homemade stromboli and calzones not just because they are delicious, but because they are so cheap to make. I normally have my favorite toppings on hand, so all it usually requires is the dough, cheese, and sauce. Here’s the recipe:

For ONE Calzone

– 1 can of pizza dough (Pillsbury makes an exceptionally good one!)
– 4 Tbsp. canned pizza sauce (more or less to taste. Mister and I sprang for the pricier sauce just because it was so yummy.)
– handful mozzarella cheese
– Your yummy toppings (I’m a pepperoni and banana peppers kind of girl, and Mister goes for ham and pineapple)
– Olive oil/vegetable oil (whichever you have on hand)
– 1 Tbsp. melted butter
– dash of Italian seasoning
– sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese

Ball up the pizza dough and then press out onto an oiled, circular plate until dough is flat and can be stretched without tearing.

Add sauce, cheese, and toppings to one half of the dough – careful not to overstuff.

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Fold the other half over top of the toppings. Secure the edges of the dough by crimping with your fingers.

Cut 2-3 slits in the top of the dough. If you like, top calzone with reserved toppings to show what deliciousness is inside.

Brush with melted butter, then top with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.

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Pop it in the oven (preferably on a baking stone!) at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until golden).

Enjoy your delicious pizza-y treat.

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(Hint — for a delicious dipper, mix a few Tbsp. of Catalina dressing with a squirt of ketchup to make the famous red sauce often served with calzones.)

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