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by Maria Long

At Close to Home you will find family-friendly recipes, crafts, and entertaining and travel tips that help make life a little easier, affordable, and fun. Close to Home is written by Maria, a wife, a mother of three kids and two pets, a butcher, a baker, and household maker currently living a Southern lifestyle. Much of her inspiration for the blog stems from watching her grandmothers and mother in kitchen as a child.

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  • We love pizza in our house, and we usually have the debate of Chicago style pizza versus New York style pizza. Well, no one in our house can debate the calzone! Essentially a calzone is a double crusted pizza with yummy ricotta cheese filling and your choice of "toppings." Finish it off with a side of warm marinara sauce and you have a full meal on the plate.

    Never thought of making them at home? Do they seem too daunting? Well, not anymore! I have found an amazing short cut calzone recipe that's sure to please any pizza connoisseur.

    Instead of worrying about making homemade pizza dough, grab some frozen bread dough from your local grocery store. I could only find a five pack at our store, but we used two frozen bread loaves to make four large calzones.

    Simply allow the bread to defrost per the directions on the package. Once defrosted, I cut each loaf in half to make the four large calzones. You can make smaller appetizer ones by cutting the dough pieces smaller but we were all in tonight so we were going big and delicious.
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  • For the filling, simply mix all the yummy cheese together and add your own spices. Once you have the basics of the calzone, the other ingredients are up to you. We used veggies and pepperoni.
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    Easy Calzone Recipe

    1 whole frozen, unrisen frozen bread dough
    15 ounces skim milk ricotta cheese
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1-1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
    2 whole eggs
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Black pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    Marinara sauce, for serving
    1 whole egg beaten
    Toppings: pepperoni, sausage, veggies, etc.

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    ​Place frozen bread loaves on a baking sheet to thaw. Cover with a tea towel and let thaw and rise for 2 to 3 hours or per the package directions.
    In a bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley.
    When dough is thawed and risen, Cut them in two pieces for large calzones, roll them out on a lightly floured surface until paper thin. Spoon filling onto half of the dough circle. Fold half of the dough over itself, then press edges with a fork to seal.

    Tip: Don't overstuff your calzone or they may leak!
    Brush surface of calzone with beaten egg, then bake for 10 to 13 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

    Tip: ​Bake on a pizza stone or grill on the BBQ.

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