Yeah, I use pizza sauce and petite diced tomatoes in my calzones. Gotta get those local ‘maters in!
I brown up the sausage and make sure it is tiny pieces thanks to my pampered chef mix and mash. Feel free to throw in onion and garlic if you so desire. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.
Then I prep my pan. Now, I am making this calzone in my metal 9 x 13 pan rather than my stone jelly roll. The key to a good crust for me is in the crispiness. So I start by pouring some olive oil in the bottom of the pan and sprinkling a generous amount of garlic powder on top.
Then, I grab a paper towel and spread the oil and garlic powder all over the bottom and sides of the pan.
Then I grab my tube of Pillsbury thin crust piece dough. Normally I would put the entire crust on the bottom of a jelly roll pan and use an additional tube for the top of the calzone. But this time, I use just one tube. Spread it out in the pan with half hanging over the edge to flip over wants it was filled with my pizza stuffing.
Once the sausage was browned, I drained the fat off and got the rest of my stuffings ready. I rough chopped some pepperoni.
Tossed it in the skillet right on top of the sausage.
Then did the same with some mushrooms and onions. I really like the taste of onion, so I tend to wait till now to throw in the onion. Gives it a stronger raw onion flavor.
Then I poured in the pizza sauce.
Followed by the tomatoes. Now remember to drain the water off of the tomatoes. Someone might have forgotten to do that very important step. Not sure who, but I heard someone did. I also threw in a few pinches of oregano and some salt and pepper.
While your stuffings simmer a few minutes, grab a two cup package of shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle half on the bottom crust.
Once the fillings are thoroughly heated, it is time to start filling your calzone.
I use a slotted spoon to transfer the filling from the skillet to the crust. You don’t want too much liquid in the mixture. It makes the crust more doughy and harder to get done.
Once you have the filling all piled onto the crust, finish off by sprinkling the remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
Then fold the remaining half of crust over top of the filling.
I sprinkled the top with garlic powder. But, I have an obsession with garlic. Put into a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the top is done to your liking.
I let it sit about 10 minutes to cool slighting before cutting and serving.
Tasty, quick dinner. Always a family pleaser.
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