Calzones: A simple way to have fun with family/friends!

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This meal is a solid favorite for bonding with friends and family. It is meant to be an activity of its own and it makes for a great time to get to know people better. The best part about this experience is that each guest will have the opportunity to tailor their meal according to their likes and love it. You can also add or subtract items to fit your budget and your people. Enjoy!

BASIC INGREDIENTS NEEDED: 
- TOMATO SAUCE
- ITALIAN SEASONING
- PIZZA CRUST
- MOZZARELLA CHEESE
- YOUR CHOICE OF MEAT (Pepperoni, Salami, Italian Sausage, Chicken, Bacon, Ham...etc.) 

OTHER OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS: 
- MUSHROOMS
- BLACK or GREEN OLIVES
- SAUTEED ONIONS
- SAUTEED GREEN PEPPERS
- CHOPPED CANNED ARTICHOKES
- GARLIC SEASONING
- RED CRUSHED PEPPERS
- the options are endless... 

PREP:
1) PREPARE ALL FILLING INGREDIENTS: If you have having this meal with a group of friends or family, it is best to have all the filling ingredients ready to go. Set your shredded cheese, cooked meat, and chopped and sauteed vegetables in dishes ready to go. 
*** tomato sauce tip: A can of simple tomato sauce is perfect with some sprinkled garlic powder and oregano. 

2) PREPARE DOUGH: Roll out your pizza dough crust. A can of Pizza Crust serves 4 people. Buy or make as much pizza dough as you will need for your guests.  After you roll out each crust use a knife or kitchen scissors to cut out 4 squares of dough per canned crust. Each square measures approximately 6 inches x 7 inches. 

3) ASSEMBLE: Have greased baking sheets available for your guests, you can have them share 2-3 calzones per sheet. It is easier to prepare the calzones on the baking sheets. On each rolled out square, add ingredients as desired. Then fold and brush some olive oil and add garlic powder, Italian seasoning and cheese or you can choose any toppings of your choice (toppings can help identify each person's calzone in a large party).

4) BAKE: Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Check your oven often and take out when crust is golden on top. Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving - THEY ARE EXTREMELY HOT.

 

EXTRA TIPS

FOLDING: To prevent leaking from the sides make sure your creases are on top - not like an empanada. 

SIDE DISHES:  These calzones pair exceptionally well with a fresh salad. Make your favorite salad, or even have a salad bar available for your guests. 

HIGH SODIUM WARNING: Since a lot of the fillings of a calzone are normally high in sodium (pepperoni, sausage, cheese..etc) I recommend you get a tomato sauce low in sodium and use garlic powder, instead of garlic salt. There is no extra salt needed. 

LOW CARB/GLUTEN FREE: If you are gluten free or have a friend who is pursuing a low carb diet, you can have some some cauliflower pizza crust available.  Instead of a calzone, make a personal pizza. 

KEEP IT INTERACTIVE: This recipe is fun to follow with others. Your guests can help you chop, sauté and roll out dough and it makes for a whole lot of fun. 

xoxo, enjoy!