Quick and Easy Sausage Calzones

If you have been reading my blog for very long, you know that I like to have a few quick & easy dishes I can make without having to think about them ahead of time. Tonight, I had a plan to use some sweet turkey sausage I had in the fridge. Since My Boys love sausage, I thought I might be able to create a calzone they would dig into and really love.

We've had calzones before, and even though they were tasty they weren't something they would ask for again. I even asked some of my Facebook friends for new name ideas to entice them into eating them... one was "pigs in a sleeping bag" while another was "flying sauce-ers" (that one was courtesy of my blogging friend, Janet of LaDue & Crew). Unfortunately, cute names did not do the trick. They would prefer just cheese inside and nothing else - basically the Pizza Bubble Ring is what they wanted. My Husband and I loved them, so I think they will be out-voted on this one and will be asked to try them again.
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I mean, really... what's not to love? You've got sausage, gooey mozzarella and tomato sauce (only a little bit) baked together inside pizza dough. No recipe really needed. Just pick up some convenience-style ingredients and you can pull it together within 30 minutes. Brown the sausage with a bit of garlic and pizza-style seasonings (dried basil & oregano) before adding to the pizza dough for rolling up. Once I had the filling rolled into the pizza dough, I added a bit of shredded mozzarella to the top of each one.

If you make your own pizza dough and keep it in the freezer or fridge (if its from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking - love their recipe for Olive Oil Pizza Dough!), you can throw this together in a snap with ingredients you probably have on hand anyway. Usually, I like to keep the ABin5 dough in my fridge, but didn't have room for it this week, so the prepared pizza dough from the market worked out fine in a pinch.

I would love to read what fillings for calzones you enjoy in a calzone. So, do tell if you could add anything what would it be?

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Deborah said…
I thought everyone loved calzones!! I know I could eat this and be very happy.
Penny said…
This looks very good to me! Love your blog.
You always make such drool-worthy recipes! Yum!
These look perfect to me- I haven't made calzones in ages(shameful, I know);My family will love these!
Thanks for posting this!
Kristin said…
I love calzones! Have to stick with your idea for the the kids, but I love peppers or spinach or eggplant... I could keep going. I forgot to email you that I got my salsa- thanks again! I did post about it and link back to you though.

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