Quick Beef Calzones

Saturday, 01 Nov 2008

This is a quick, filling meal or snack. Great for football watching or movie night at home!
I put together this recipe as I went and it turned out well.  I froze half the calzones and
would definitely make this again.

½ pound ground beef
2 shallots, finely chopped (or use ¼ cup chopped onion)
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 cup prepared tomato pasta sauce such as marinara
1 cup shredded cheese (recommend mozzarella, fontina, gruyere or a packaged Italian
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 roll refrigerated pizza dough
1 egg
cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 425.  Unroll pizza dough onto a cookie sheet coated with cooking spray.  Cut the dough into six evenly-sized squares.  Sautee shallots in olive oil for 1-2 minutes.  Add ground beef and cook until thoroughly browned.  Add tomato sauce and cheese, mix thoroughly and remove from heat. Lightly brush the edges of each dough square with water with a basting brush.  Spoon around ¼ cup meat filling into the center of each square, leaving a border of dough all the way around.

Stretch dough over filling and use the tines of a fork to seal the edges.  Beat an egg and using a basting brush, lightly brush each calzone with egg.  Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until calzones are golden brown and dough is thoroughly cooked.  Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

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