Calzone

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2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup oil

3 cups flour

1/2 lb sausage – I used Jimmy Dean Natural

6 oz tomato paste

1/2 cup white wine

3 mushrooms, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

12 black olives, sliced

1/2 red bell pepper, roasted

2 cups shredded mozzarella

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

dried oregano or sesame seeds for garnish

 

Place warm water in bowl. Sprinkle yeast over the water. Let stand 5 minutes. Add oil, salt, and flour. Blend. Knead for 5 minutes. I use my Kitchen Aid to make kneading easy.

Place dough in oiled bowl. Spray with cooking spray & cover. Set dough where it will be free of drafts. Allow to rise for 1 hour.

While dough is rising, brown sausage. Drain, if necessary.

Combine sausage, tomato paste, wine, garlic, mushrooms, basil, & oregano. Cook for 8-10 minutes & remove from heat.

Meanwhile, roast red pepper. Wash & seed pepper. Place half on foil lined pan. Flatten with the palm of your hand. Place under broiler until blistered. Put in ziploc bag & seal. Allow to cool. When cool, take pepper out of the bag & remove skin. Chop.

Stir olives & 1 cup of cheese into sausage tomato mixture.

After 1 hour, punch down dough. On a floured surface, roll out to about 14 inches long & 7 or 8 inches wide.

Spread mixture down the middle leaving a couple of inches all around.

 

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Place peppers & remaining cheese evenly over mixture.

 

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Fold dough lengthwise, overlapping edges. Bring up ends. Pinch to seal. Place on lightly sprayed baking sheet seam side down. Cover & let it rise for 30 minutes.

Beat egg. Stir in milk. Brush over calzone. Sprinkle with oregano or sesame seed. Score with a sharp knife. This is important as it will allow steam to escape while baking.

 

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Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serves 4.

 

Our daughter is lactose intolerant, so I made a mini loaf for her using 1/4 of the dough. I made hers first before adding the cheese to the sausage tomato mixture. I usually have almond or rice cheese on hand, but tonight I didn’t. She didn’t even miss the cheese! I also used rice milk for the egg wash. I used it for both loaves as there was no reason to make up two different types. Since I was out of sesame seeds, too, I didn’t put any garnish on hers.

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