Pepperoni Calzones

Calzones are right up there on my list of favorites with pizza. They are basically a pizza after all, just all of those good pizza toppings are stuffed in a crust. To tell the truth, I hardly ever make them at home. It does take a little more time than making a pizza, but they are not difficult to make. I like to keep it simple and use premade pizza dough. You can certainly make your own dough.

This calzone is bursting with pepperoni, cheese and a tasty pizza sauce all nestled in a golden brown crust. I also saved some of that pizza sauce for dipping.

Here’s what you need.

*Pizza dough: I used a premade kind.

*Pepperoni slices

*Pizza sauce; you can use homemade or premade; make sure to save some for dipping

*Shredded cheese: I used a blend of mozzarella, Colby Jack and Cheddar

*Olive oil for brushing the tops

*Grated parmesan cheese for on top of the calzone

Preheat oven to 425°.

Spray a baking sheet with no stick spray or use parchment paper; set aside.

Divide dough into equal portions and roll out into about 8 inch circles.

Spoon a small amount of pizza sauce near the center of the dough. Do not spread the sauce to the edges, because you will have to seal the dough later.

Sprinkle on the shredded cheese over the sauce.

Place the sliced pepperoni over the cheese.

Gently fold the dough over the top of the filling to create a semi-circle.

Crimp the edges using a fork to seal the dough.

Cut a few small slits into the top of the dough with a knife.

This will help some of the steam to escape with the calzones are cooking. Place on the baking sheet.

Brush the tops with a little of the olive oil.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the calzone are golden brown.

Take out of the oven and sprinkle some of the parmesan cheese on top.

Serve with some of the pizza sauce on the side.

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