Sausage & Ricotta Calzone
This is inspired a recipe I saw in the "Good Housekeeping" Christmas book I borrowed from the library. It's a super easy twist if you want a change from pizza. :) It's hearty and good for a winter day, but good any time of the year too.
It's another way to use ricotta outside of lasagna too.
What I used:
- ground Italian sausage
- Frozen peas
- Pizza Dough (1 canister made 2 big calzones or can make 4 smalelr calzones)
- Marinara sauce for dipping
I forgot in the recipe that the filling also had mozzarella. You can put anything in a calzone, anyways. :)
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2.) I put ricotta, sausage, and peas in a bowl and mixed it together.
3.) Tip: Something I do for any recipe like calzones or empanadas -- especially if they are large -- is to microwvae the filling for ~3 min. Then you don't have to worry that the filling isn't warm after the dough bakes. For example, the ricotta, sausage, and peas were frozen, so microwaving the filling makes sure that the filling is cooked and not cold.
4.) Then I cut the pizza dough into 2 pieces.
5.) I put some filling in the middle or each piece, folded it back in half.
6.) Then, I shaped it into a semi-circle calzone shape.
7.) Then I baked it -- it probably too ~25-30 min. for it to be golden brown.
8.) Put some marinara sauce for dipping in a bowl.
That's it! I look forward to making lots of different variations of calzones! Stay tuned! Give it a try! We are good at this!