Pepperoni Calzone

Calzones are very easy and quick to make that will feed a crowd and can be an appetizer or a meal.  This will make two calzones so you can choose to make both the same or select different ingredients for the second one. When using Sam’s Club dough balls it takes about 6 hours to thaw and double in size. If you don’t have time to allow it to thaw use, 1 – 13 oz. container of Pillsbury Pizza Crust, which will make one calzone.

Ingredients

1 Sam’s Club pizza dough ball thawed or your favorite pizza dough
2 cups of marinara sauce – 1/2 cup per calzone and 1 cup reserved for dipping
10 large pepperoni slices – 3″ diameter
2 cups of mozzarella cheese

Technique

Place dough ball in a large bowl coated with non-stick cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap, thaw and allow to double in size. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 1 cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Divide dough into two equal parts and gently form or roll dough into two rectangle pieces about 5 inches by 9 inches. Pour a 1/2 cup of marinara down the middle of rectangle and add 5 of the pepperoni slices over the top of the marinara. Finally add 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Try to keep everything in the middle if possible. Then pull both sides of the rectangle to meet at the top and pinch together in a crisscross fashion. Make sure dough is sealed so it remains closed during cooking. Repeat process for second calzone. Place in oven for 12-15 minutes on the bottom rack or until it is golden brown in color. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.  Place on a cutting board or on serving dish and slice.  Add remaining marinara sauce for dipping.

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