One time, I saw The Pioneer Woman make calzones, so I made calzones.
Please tell me someone caught my Mean Girls drift because if you didn’t then I don’t know if we can be friends.
Just kidding! But that’s really what happened. I was watching the Food Network and The Pioneer Woman was making these and I decided right then and there that I was going to make some calzones.
It was actually my first time ever having a calzone but I figured it would just taste like pizza. Also —-> Why is it that the recipes that you don’t plan to post (or measure) always end up being the best ones? I just took things I had in the fridge and stuffed it all into a pocket of dough and it was ahhhmazing.
I used green peppers, mushrooms, sausage, mozzarella, and cottage cheese since I didn’t have any ricotta. I based the dough off of this recipe and it was perfect! Mom and I ate two for dinner with a side salad and froze the other two. A few weeks later we didn’t know what to have for dinner when we remembered them in the freezer! I love premade meals 😀
I didn’t mix the sausage with the veggies and cheese so each bite was different. I would definitely recommend mixing them all together before filling the dough!
I’ve had this recipe post in the drafts since July…kind of forgot to post it! I’m a little iffy about meat right now so I think I’ll remake these with an all veggie filling. Yum!
- 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 6 breakfast sausages
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1/2 green pepper
- 8 oz mushrooms
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup mozzarella
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- oregano, italian seasonings, pizza seasonings
- Place the flour on a surface where you have a lot of space. Make a well, and add in the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Stir or let it sit until the yeast is dissolved or foamy.
- Add in the salt and olive oil and start incorporating the sides of the flour into the middle with your fingers. Keep stirring it until the dough starts coming together. Use a pastry cutter to help all of the flour come together.
- Knead for about 7 minutes or until you can stick a finger in the dough and it bounces back. Place dough in an oiled bowl and let rise for about 45 minutes, or until doubled.
- While dough is rising, cook sausage on a pan over medium heat. If it's not already ground, use a pastry blender to cut it up. Once sausage is cooked and cooled, pour grease into a small bowl and place sausage over a plate covered with paper towel. In the same pan, add the chopped mushrooms, chopped green pepper, chopped garlic clove, and a little bit of olive oil. Additionally, make the cheese mixture by combining 1 cup shredded mozzarella, 1/3 cup cottage cheese, and an egg. Reserve about 1/4 of the egg for brushing the dough. Mix the sausage, veggies, and cheese mixture together.
- Once the dough is doubled in size, turn it out on a floured surface. Roll it out, then cut it into 4 equal squares. Roll out each square about 1/4 inch thick and spoon in about 1 tbsp of sauce. Add 1/4 of the sausage/veggie/cheese mixture, then fold the dough over itself to close the calzone. Seal with a fork. Repeat for the other three calzones. In each one, make 3 small slits with a knife and sprinkle with oregano.
- Cook on a parchment lined pan at 375F for about 25 min, or until the edges are browned but not burned. Serve with warm marinara on the side for dipping.
- For my dough to rise, I place the bowl in the oven heated to 200F, then turned the oven off and leave the door open.