Grandma’s Famous Calzones

Growing up, anytime our family got together for a holiday or celebration my grandmother would make these calzones as an appetizer. They were everyone’s favorite, and if you didn’t take 2 pieces when they first came around, there wouldn’t be any left for you if you wanted second helpings. They were always a treat when she made these, but sometimes she couldn’t get the correct dough, or didn’t have enough time to let the dough rise. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I found a way to get the same great taste of her calzones, but cheat with the dough. By using Pillsbury pizza dough, I’m able to make these calzones within 30 minutes, and don’t have to worry about planning hours ahead to make this simple appetizer. Serve these at your next event as an appetizer or even cut into large pieces and take into work with you as a sandwich!

These calzones are so tasty, but really don’t require too many ingredients. Pillsbury pizza dough, parsley, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, and sesame seeds are all you really need.

calzone

Arrange the dough to cover a baking sheet completely (I use a sheet that is 10x15inches – I wouldn’t go much bigger than that). Top the dough with a single layer of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, parsley, and garlic powder.

Calzone

Roll the dough (on the long side) as if you were rolling a jelly roll. Tuck the dough on each side of the roll, to ensure that nothing falls out when baking. Brush egg wash over the entire roll, liberally top with sesame seeds, and cut slivers into the top (every couple of inches).

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Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until dough is golden brown). Let cool and slice into 1 inch pieces.

calzone

Grandma’s Famous Calzones

Ingredients

  • 1 Pillsbury Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Approx. 50 small slices of pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Arrange the dough to cover a baking sheet completely (I use a sheet that is 10x15inches – I wouldn’t go much bigger than that). Top the dough with a single layer of the pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, parsley, and garlic powder.
  3. Roll the dough (on the long side) as if you were rolling a jelly roll. Tuck the dough on each side of the roll, to ensure that nothing falls out when baking. Brush egg wash over the entire roll, liberally top with sesame seeds, and cut slivers into the top (every couple of inches).
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until dough is golden brown). Let cool and slice into 1 inch pieces.

calzone

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Mac n cheese has got to be one of our favorite side dishes with BBQ. Normally, IĀ use a crock-pot mac n cheese recipe that my mother-in-law gave me. It’s perfect because it cooks long and slow – just about the same amount of time it takes Jon to smoke or grill ribs. However, the other night we wanted to make this dish but didn’t have all of the time needed for the crock pot recipe. That’s where this skillet recipe, inspired by a recipe from Southern Living, came into play. This dish is flavorful and is the perfect base if you want to add any additional items (like bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, etc…..)

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 qt. milk
  • 6 TBSP butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 TBSP all purpose flour
  • 1 lb pasta (I used penne)
  • 1 (8 oz) package shredded extra sharp cheddar
  • 1 (8 oz) package shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups panko
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 8-9 inches from heat.
  2. Bring 1/4 cup salt and 4 qt water to a boil in a large pot over high heat.
  3. Meanwhile, microwave milk in a microwave safe 1-qt glass measuring cup covered with plastic wrap at HIGH 3 minutes. While milk is heating, melt butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; add flour, and cook whisking constantly. 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a low boil, whisking often.
  4. Add pasta to boiling water and cook 8 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, continue to cook sauce, whisking often. 6 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in cheeses, hot sauce, 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Cover.
  6. Stir together panko and olive oil.
  7. Drain pasta and fold into cheese sauce. Sprinkle with panko mixture.
  8. Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve immediately.
Skillet Mac and Cheese