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Calzones ( adapted by me

So last night I made these and then separated the dough into balls. I had all the toppings set on the table and floured a section for each of the kids. They all rolled out there own dough and then they got to make there own calzone. IT WAS SOOOO MUCH FUN AND SOO GOOD!!! You can either follow the recipe below for the sausage filling or just use whatever you like.

Dough:   (yields 8 medium sized calzones the original recipe was half this but it wasn't enough for my family, this can also be used as a pizza crust)
2 pkg. yeast (.25oz)
2 cups water (warm)
2 Tbsp. white sugar
4 Tbsp. oil
2  tsp. salt
5 1/2c. flour
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
melted butter (for brushing on top)

Calzone toppings:
sausage recipe at bottom (from
pizza sauce
sausage cooked
Canadian bacon
green pepper cooked until tender                
(I cooked my onions, peppers, and mushrooms together in evoo)
onion cooked until tender
mushrooms cooked
mozzerella cheese, shredded (or whatever cheese you prefer)

Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl mix sugar,oil,salt and flour. Add water/yeast mix together until smooth. Knead well and cover allow to sit for 30 minutes.
Split the dough out in sections depending on how big you want your calzones. I did about a golf ball size for the younger kids and about a handful for the older ones. Roll out on a floured surface. Place pizza sauce in the middle of the dough leaving enough room around the edges to seal the calzone. place toppings on the sauce then top with mozzarella cheese. Place calzone on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375* for 20 minutes. Then brush lightly with butter and bake another 5 minutes. They are done when they are a golden brown. (If you don't use the sausage recipe below you could sprinkle the top of the calzone with a little oregano and parmesan after you put the butter on it then finish baking.)

Sausage filling:
2 lb. Italian sausage
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained (I used a pkg. of fresh mushrooms)
1 green pepper diced
2 slices onion, diced ( I used one small onion)
1 jar pizza sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 small pkg. sliced pepperoni
1/2 c. mozzarella cheese

Here is another recipe I found that you can make as a spread for the inside of the calzone or the outside is just gives it more flavor:

1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 egg yolks
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper

Mix all together and brush over dough. Then continue filling with pizza stuff! So yummy and it just gives it a different flavor!!!

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