Bread Machine Calzones with Dipping Sauce

Bread Machine Calzone

1 1/4 cups water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon powdered milk
3/4 cup sliced Italian sausage
3/4 cup pizza sauce
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted

To Make Dough: Place water, yeast, sugar, flour, salt and powdered milk in the pan of the bread machine, in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle. After cycle is completed, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Meanwhile, brown sausage for about 8 to 10 minutes in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain excess fat and reserve.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Shape dough into a 16 inch by 10 inch rectangle. Transfer to a lightly greased cookie sheet, and spoon pizza sauce lengthwise down the center of  the dough, followed by the browned sausage and the cheese. Make diagonal cuts 1 1/2 inches apart down each long side of the dough rectangle, cutting to within 1/2 inch of the filling. Criss-cross cut strips of dough over the filling and seal edges with water. Brush top of calzone with melted butter.  Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.

Exquisite Pizza Sauce

1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
6 fluid oz warm water (110 degrees F)
3 TBS grated Parmesan cheese
1 TBS minced garlic
2 TBS honey
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
¼ tsp dried basil
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp dried red pepper flakes
salt to taste

In a small bowl combine all ingredients in order listed above, making sure to break up any clumps of cheese.  Cover the sauce and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Spread sauce over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desired.

2 Responses to “Bread Machine Calzones with Dipping Sauce”

  1. michell — July 12, 2007 @ 8:07 am

    I have a houseful of picky eaters. Everything I’ve cooked from your recipes has been a hit and your menu planners have been a lifesaver!!!! I wish you were continuing them!!!!

  2. Jaime — August 7, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

    This calzone was fabulous! You can taylor it to your own taste too! I threw in some red onion and mushrooms. Mmmmm Mmmmmm!I have tried to make calzones before but the crust was either underdone or soggy. This was perfect! Thanks for all the WONDERFUL ideas!

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