Dinner for $5 or Less: Homemade Calzones

This was our dinner last night, and boy was it yummy! Here’s the recipe, adapted from my old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook:


23/4 to 31/4 all-purpose flour

1 package active dry yeast

1/4 t. salt

1 c. warm water

2 T. cooking oil

1 14.5-oz can Pizza Sauce

1 lb. ground sausage

1/2 green pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 medium onion (Vidalia or sweet)

1 cup sliced fresh (or canned) mushrooms

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 t. fennel


In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/4 c. flour, yeast, and salt. Add water and oil. Beat with an electric mixer (I use my Kitchen Aid) on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the bowl continuously. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Kneed in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6-8 minutes total). Divide in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

While dough rests, cook meat with green peppers, onion, mushroom, garlic, and other vegetables of your choice until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are soft.

On a floured surface, roll half of the dough into a long oval. Spoon half the sauce, meat, vegetables, cheese, and fennel into half of each oval within an inch of the edge. Moisten edges of dough with water. Fold dough oval in half over filling. Seal edges by pressing with a fork. Prick small holes in the top of the dough. Brush tops with melted butter. If desired, sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Repeat this process with the rest of the ingredients Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes or till crusts are brown. Serves 6.

Note: I use my pizza stone for this recipe with great success!

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