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Sausage Calzones

My husband, Tom, and I both enjoy cooking Italian food. We took the filling we usually use for ravioli and wrapped it in a dough to make these excellent calzones. The Italian sausage blends so beautifully with the cheeses and spinach. -Janine Colasurdo, Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1-1/2 cups pizza sauce, warmed

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the milk, 2 tablespoons oil, salt, sugar and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the spinach, cheeses, parsley and pepper; mix well.
  • Punch dough down; divide into six pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece into an 8-in. circle. Top each with 2/3 cup filling. Fold dough over filling; pinch to seal.
  • Place on greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. Brush tops lightly with remaining oil; sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled baked calzones in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, reheat calzones on a greased baking sheet in a preheted 350° oven until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 616 calories, 28g fat (11g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1619mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein.
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