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Mom's Calzones
Mom's Calzones
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8 calzones
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 8 whole red potatoes
  • 9 links sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 whole red bell peppers seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 large pinch salt plus additional for the boiling water
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 pinch dried basil leaves
  • 1 recipe homemade pizza dough (or 3 lbs of store bought dough)
  • shredded mozzarella as needed for the filling
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 dash water
  • marinara sauce for serving
  1. Get a large pot on the stove filled with salted water and bring it to a boil to boil the potatoes. Also get a large rondeau on the stove filled with salted water to boil the sausage links. Boil the potatoes and sausage links for 20 minutes, until tender. Drain them both when they are done and let them get cool enough to handle. Cut the potatoes into small chunks and cut the sausage links into thin coins.
  2. Take the rondeau pan again and get it back on the stove. Heat the olive oil in it over medium high heat and then get the onions and peppers into it to get soft for 3-4 minutes. Season them with the salt, crushed red pepper and dried basil. Return the sausage into the pan and let it meld with the veggies for a couple of minutes. Take the mixture off of the heat and set it aside. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Take the pizza dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Round out each piece into a ball, then roll them out on a well floured surface into 8 big circles that are about 1/4 inch thick. Place a handful of the potatoes onto one half of each circle of dough, then top the potatoes with a big scoop of the sausage, pepper and onion mixture. Top the filling off with a generous handful of shredded mozzarella.
  4. Bring the other half of dough over the filling on each calzone, then crimp the edges together. Finish the edges by pressing down with a fork to make the signature pretty tine marks. Whisk together the eggs and water in a bowl to make an egg wash. Brush each calzone generously with the egg wash to make them nice and golden. Then get the calzones onto pizza stones or sheet trays lined with parchment. Bake them in the oven for 30 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Take the calzones out and let them cool a minute, then serve them immediately with warm marinara sauce on the side. Enjoy!