Calzones

The McKinzie family loves pizza. I finally attempted a homemade pizza recipe a month ago and tonight I got raving reviews from the one that matters to me in this house–Greg. If you have a Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, the recipe can be found under pizza. The crust is delicious, but it is the sauce that wins my family over. We don’t really go for the “just add some Italian seasoning to tomato sauce” version of pizza sauce. We really dig this recipe, and I easily doubled the sauce recipe so that making the calzones next week won’t be so time-consuming. I also like the calzone recipe because you don’t have to wait for the crust to double in size twice. I guess it will speak for itself, but if you are a pizza fan you should try this one out.

Pizza Crust

2 3/4 to 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 pkg active dry yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1 c warm water
2 Tb cooking oil

In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/4 of the flour, yeast, and salt. Add water and oil. Beat with electric mixer (I used my dough hooks) on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6-8 minutes total). Divide in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Pizza Sauce

In a medium saucepan combine an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce; one 7 1/2 ounce can undrained tomatoes, cut up (use kichen shears); half- cup of chopped onions; 1 Tbs of dried basil; 1 tsp sugar; 1 tsp dried oregano; 2 cloves garlic, minced; and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Bring to a boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes or till the onion is tender.

Calzones

Transfer dough to prepared pan. With greased fingers, pat dough onto bottoms and halfway up sides. Spoon sauce and meat onto half of the circle to within one inch of the edge. Sprinkle with vegetables and cheese. Moisten edges of dough with water. Fold dough circles in half over filling. Seal edges by pressing with tines of a fork. Prick tops. Brush tops with milk and sprinke with parmesan cheese. Bake in a 375 degree oven or till crusts are brown. Serves 6.

Before and After pictures:

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Calzones

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