Thursday, July 23, 2009


I have to give credit where credit is due. This recipe comes from a lady who lives in my neighborhood, an I must say....not only is it easy but it is DELICIOUS!!! Thanks Maria for sharing!

1 Rhodes dough loaf (they come frozen like the rolls)
1 small can tomato sauce
1-1 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning (no--it is not the same as the Italian dressing dry mix)
1/8 tsp minced garlic
Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mozzarella and cheddar cheese (any other toppings you like)
garlic salt
Parmesan cheese

1. A few hours before you are ready to make it, put a loaf of Rhodes dough on a plate, spray with non-stick spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let defrost and rise till double in size.

2. Cover cookie sheet with tin foil, spray with Pam, then roll out dough on a separate piece of foil cut the same size as cookie sheet and sprayed with Pam. Roll dough to fit the piece of foil.

3. To make the sauce, take 1 can tomato sauce and add 1- 1 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning, and 1/8 tsp of garlic. (I buy the jar of pre-minced garlic, its cheep and lasts forever) Mix together. Spread down the center only of dough, lengthwise, leaving about 1" at each end. (you will only use about 1/3 of the sauce, you can freeze the rest for later)

4. Add your toppings. [We have found that we prefer only Canadian bacon and pepperoni, we love supreme pizza, but we like our calzones the best when they are simple like this. If you buy the same meat as I did, the box of Hormel pepperoni has two sealed packages in it, so it lasts for 2 calzones, plus the Land O' Frost Canadian bacon is enough for 2 as well. (I just cut the bacon in quarters because it is really big) I have also found that it tastes so much better if you use freshly grated cheese, I used to buy the pizza blend bag of cheese, but it just isn't nearly as good. I grate and freeze my mozzarella because I pretty much only use it for these. Grate about 1 cup of each cheese.]

5. Layer the meat down the center of the dough lengthwise. If you begin with the pepperoni and then layer the bacon on top, it should fit 3 rows across perfectly.

6. Add your cheese and then pull up the sides and pinch tightly together. (sometimes you have to pinch it a few times to get it to seal.) Pinch the ends and fold up.

7. Flip calzone onto greased and lined cookie sheet. (the pinched side needs to be down, that is why I roll it out and make it on a separate sheet of tin foil.)

8. Poke holes in top with fork, spray with butter flavored Pam, or brush with melted butter. Sprinkle on garlic salt, then Parmesan cheese.

9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Note: It helps keep your pan clean if you fold up the edges of the tin foil, because sometimes your calzone will leak while baking.

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