Monday, October 8, 2012

Pizza Calzones

We enjoyed these little guys for lunch on Saturday after the girls were done with bowling league. They were one of meals I made for my freezer meal exchange group. Everyone really enjoyed these, our youngest told me "These are good, Mommy!". They also make for a quick lunch or dinner.

I took a batch of my favorite pizza dough , divided the dough into 12-14 separate balls, rolled them out and stuffed them with our favorite pizza toppings. We used a variety of sausage, pepperoni and canadian bacon. Topped them with mozzarella cheese and folded over the dough and sealed the pockets shut. Pretty easy huh?

I like how versatile this meal can be. My husband loves hot ham and cheese so I know we'll have to try that for him soon. You could do taco meat or chicken with salsa and cheese for a mexican twist. These are even great for lunch boxes. Heat them up in the morning before sending the kiddos off to school. They really are the perfect size for the kids and that's probably what I love most about them. We'll definitely be keeping these on our menu and in my freezer cooking plans!

Pizza Calzones

1 batch of pizza dough or your favorite recipe
Fillings such as: cooked sausage, pepperoni, canadian bacon
Mozzarella cheese
Pizza sauce, to serve alongside

Using your pizza dough that's been prepared and has risen, divide into 12-14 small balls. On a floured surface, roll dough balls out with a rolling pin. Fill each one with desired toppings, you don't need a lot, we used a few pieces of pepperoni or canadian bacon plus a small scoop of sausage for each one. Top with mozzarella cheese. Fold dough over and pinch together edges to seal shut. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 10-15 mins or until lightly brown. You may serve immediately or to freeze; let cool completely, wrap each calzone in foil or saran wrap and then place in a gallon sized ziploc bag. When ready to reheat, warm in the oven for 15-20 mins. Makes 12-14 calzones.

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