Italian Sausage Calzones

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Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 1/4 pounds spicy Italian sausage
  • Dough
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Garlic Butter

Dough

  • 1 (16 ounce) package hot roll mix
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Garlic Butter

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. For Filling: Remove sausage from casing.
  2. Sauté sausage in large skillet, breaking up with fork, until sausage is cooked and browned, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Drain well and set aside.
  4. For Dough: Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Make hot roll mix according to package direction for pizza, replacing egg and butter with hot water and olive oil. Let dough stand 5 minutes. Divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into an oval about 5 by 7 inches. Place 1/4 cup of Italian cheese blend in center of each oval. Top with 1/3 cup cooked sausage. Spoon 1 tablespoon pizza sauce over sausage. Sprinkle with another 1/4 cup cheese. Bring up edges of dough and seal securely. Transfer calzones to lightly greased baking sheet, placing seam side up to form a "football" shape.
  6. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  7. Set calzones in a warm place to rise, covered with towel, 25 minutes. Bake until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
  8. For Garlic Butter: In a small skillet, heat butter and garlic over low heat until butter is melted and garlic is tender, about 3 minutes. Remove calzones from oven when lightly browned. Brush hot calzones with garlic butter and sprinkle each with 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
  9. Return to oven until cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

Calzones can be baked and refrigerated up to 2 days in advance. Reheat at 350 degrees F until hot, about 20 minutes.

Recipe credit: American Dairy Association