Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mum's Very Easy Calzones

My mother-in-law (let's call her Mum) had us over for dinner tonight. She and my brother-in-law (let's call him George) are on a homemade calzone kick. These really were amazing. She made us three: a ham, cheese and pepper calzone, a pepperoni, cheese and spinach calzone, and one she kept calling "the vegetable one." I tried some of each, and was not so excited about "the vegetable one," but was surprised to find it had meatballs, pepperoni, peppers and mushrooms. It really was a cheese-less calzone for a fellow diner who couldn't eat cheese. Why it became "the vegetable one" is still unclear to me.

Here's how Mum made them:
  1. Get fresh pizza dough from the grocery store.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet with Crisco.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough to cover the whole cookie sheet plus a little extra on one side to grab on to.
  4. Spread a layer of various fillings across the dough.
  5. Roll up the dough on the long side like a jelly roll.
  6. Cook at 350 for 45 minutes.
The filling can be anything you like. Mum recommended that you cook the meatballs in advance, and that you cook any ingredients that might juice as they cook, like the mushrooms or spinach.

Mum and George are on a quest for the perfect calzone. When they find it, I hope to report back.

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