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Italian Calzones


Italian Calzones

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8


  • 1 pound frozen white bread dough
  • 1 pound lean ground round beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seed
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • vegetable cooking spray


  • Thaw out bread the dough
  • Combine the ground round and next 9 ingredients in a large skillet and stir well
  • Stir mixture over medium heat for 10 minutes or until meat is browned
  • Add sugar, 3/4 cup tomato sauce, and salt
  • stir occasional for the next 6 minutes
  • Remove from heat and let mixture cool slightly
  • Cut dough into 8 equal portions
  • Cover the dough and take out 1 portion at a time
  • roll portion to 1/8-inch thickness and repeat with the other 7 portions
  • Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray, place each portion on it spreading them into 6-inch circles using your fingertips coated in flour
  • Using a spoon, place 1/3 cup of the meat mixture onto one half of each dough circle
  • Moisten the edges of the dough with water and fold the dough over the filling
  • Us a fork to seal the edges together
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the Calzones with butter
  • Pre-heat over to 375F
  • Place baking sheet in over and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove Calzones from oven
  • Use your pastry brush to again lightly coat the Calzones with butter
  • Serve immediately