May 30, 2013

Ham and Cheese Calzones

I LOVE calzones, not only are they easy to make but they are giant pillow of bread!  What could be better than that??  I'm obviously a carb loving girl (unfortunately) so anything that has bread in it is usually a winner in my book! This recipe could be used for lunch or dinner.  I always make a bunch and freeze them, then I pull them out to take for lunch.  Occasionally you just need something other than a sandwich, something warm and hearty!

Frozen bread dough (I use Rhodes white bread 5 pack)
Filling of your choice (I use a brick of mozerella cheese and a pound of ham)

Early on in the day before you go to make the calzones you want to dethaw the dough.  I found pulling the dough out of the package and laying the loaves onto a cookie sheet works great for this.  I had my dough out for a few hours, by the time I was ready it was totally dethawed.  I should also mention that when the loaves thaw they will probably be touching each other, no biggie, they rip apart very easily! Then, I wash my kitchen table really well and throw a small handful of flour down on the table.  When you pick up the loaf it will feel sticky, the flour helps to keep it from sticking to your hands!  I like smaller calzones so I always rip my dough in half right now before rolling it out. I make 2 smaller calzones out of one loaf.

Once you have flour coated your dough (you don't need much flour) you begin to roll in out.  I have used a rolling pin in the past, this last time I just used my hands to knead it out.  I spread my dough out as far as it will go then it is time for the fillings.  I'm a ham and cheese lover so that is what I add to mine.  I add a small bit of ham and a small pile of cheese to one side only.

Then, I fold the other side of the dough over top of the ham and cheese.  Next, I roll the bottom edge of the calzone up and over the top and use a fork to go all around the edges.  The fork sort of seals the edges together.  Finally, I take a knife and add a few small slits in the top of the calzone.

Not the prettiest thing you have ever seen, but oh so tasty!

I bake them at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  I should mention that every oven is different and you might want to keep a close eye on yours.  Sometimes I find that the dough is not fully cooked in certain places so I will pop it in for a little longer.  I don't have an actual recipe for these, my mom made them a few times so I tried them out.  It is not a fancy recipe, I don't use an egg wash or anything like that, but it is good.  Simple too!  I use all five loaves, which gets me 20 single serving calzones.  I split the original 5 loaves into 2 when making the calzones.  After I have cooked them, I split all 10 mini loaves into 2 and get single servings!  I also cook them all at once, throw them in a freezer storage bag and keep them for later!  They always come out tasting great even after being frozen!  Finally, if you are a person who likes a lot of meat then you might want to get more than a pound.  I found a pound works great for me!

I personally like mustard to dip my calzone in, eating them plain is great too!  Nothing beats the smell you get while cooking these yummy calzones either!  Enjoy!

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