(makes 12 servings, recipe can easily be halved)
- 1 lb ground burger or turkey, cooked
- 3 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 oz mushrooms, chopped (roughly 2 cups)
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Enough dough for two large-ish pizzas (I used 3 of these because they're dirt cheap and my give-a-crap was broken)
1. Grease a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix together all ingredients except pizza dough - this is the filling.
3. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts. Flour the work surface, then take one portion of dough and flatten it out.
4. Scoop roughly 1/2 to 3/4 c. filling onto the dough. Seal up the pocket of dough (if it isn't sealing well, use a twisting motion to combine both edges of the dough). Repeat with remaining dough portions until pan is full - leave a few inches of space between each calzone.
5. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough turns golden brown. The time will change based on the size of your calzones, so be sure to keep an eye on the first batch.
6. (Optional) Let the calzones cool on a wire rack. When cool, put in freezer bag and seal. Throw in the freezer for up to two months.
*I've made my decision: the sauce is better on the side. Plus, who doesn't love dipping their food in delicious red sauce? Also, feel free to substitute filling ingredients - chicken, cheddar and broccoli sounds good. Or how about chicken and spinach with a little mozza and asiago? There's a whole world of fillings to be explored here.